I OWE NO ALLEGIANCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL IN GOVT – EFCC Chair

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said he will not succumb to undue pressure in the discharge of his duties.

Bawa, who was giving an update on Diezani’s case, said the Commission had recovered a whopping $153 million from the former Petroleum Minister, who had been staying in the United Kingdom since leaving office in 2015.

He revealed that no fewer than 80 choice property valued at $80 million had also been seized from her and handed over to the federal government.

The EFCC boss said “There are several issues surrounding Diezani’s case. I was part of that investigation, and we have done quite a lot. In one of the cases, we recovered $153 million; we have secured the final forfeiture of over 80 property in Nigeria valued at about $80 million. We have done quite a bit on that.

“The other case of $115 million INEC bribery is also ongoing across the federation. We are looking forward to the time we will, maybe, have her in the country, and, of course, review things and see what will happen going forward. The case has certainly not been abandoned”.

On how he would be dealing with powerful government officials in the discharge of his assignment as EFCC chair, Bawa said he would be ready to leave the job if anyone tried to make him to do what was illegal.

“I am not going to pay allegiance to individuals in the government,” he said.

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