26th October, 2023
Former Chairman of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), AbdulRasheed Bawa was received excitedly by his family as he arrived home about 134 days after he was taken into custody by the Department of State Services, DSS.
Videos online showed Bawa being received at his home in Abuja by happy and excited family members after he was released late Wednesday evening.
The DSS, in a statement released by its media officer Peter Afunaya, also confirmed the release of Bawa from its custody.
“DSS confirms release of former EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, a few hours ago (today 25th October 2023),” the secret police said in the short statement.
The former EFCC Chairman was arrested on June 14 after President Bola Ahmed Tinubu suspended him from office. The DSS has not given any reason for the arrest or charge him to court.
Prior to his release on Wednesday, activists and lawyers have asked the DSS to release the EFCC Chairman or charge him to court as they described his detention as an abuse of power .
The DSS had said it invited Bawa for investigations into his tenure as EFCC chairman before he was put in the cooler for the over three months.
The release of Bawa also followed appointment of a new EFCC chairman, Ola Olukoyede and Muhammad Hammajoda as the Secretary for the Commission about a week ago by the President.
The presidency had in the statement in which the appointment of the new EFCC Chairman was announced indicated that Bawa had resigned from office.
Olukoyede has assumed office as EFCC Chairman after his appointment was confirmed by the Senate.