Nigerian Governor withdraws N60 billion cash: EFCC boss Bawa

Abdulrasheed Bawa

Abdulrasheed Bawa, EFCC chairman

Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has revealed that a serving governor withdrew N60 billion cash within six years from his state account.

Bawa said this was discovered by the new Department of Intelligence that he created.

The chairman did not reveal the identity of the governor, but said the governor is from the North-Central part of the country.

“A governor in a North-Central state within the last six years (one individual) has withdrawn over N60 billion in cash,” the EFCC chairman stated in the anti-graft agency’s in-house monthly publication, EFCCALERT, Bawa said.

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He made the disclosure without much elaboration. Governors of Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Benue, Nasarawa, all fall into the Nigeria’s geographical centre.

“We are not setting out to be engaging with people on the pages of newspapers or press conferences. We are working hard trying to see what we can do behind the scenes [to eradicate corruption]. And very soon, Nigerians are going to see some of the things that we are doing.

“I can tell you for free that the new Department of Intelligence that we have created is working wonders. They have come up with a lot of intelligence. In one of them, a governor in a North-Central state within the last six years (one individual) has withdrawn over N60 billion in cash.

“We are looking at all of that, and I assure you that at the end of all of our investigations, Nigerians are going to be briefed of what we are doing behind the scene on cybercrime, politically exposed persons as well as engaging government agencies to ensure that we have better processes and procedures on how to do government business.”

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