Defining Moments For Nigeria’s New Anti-Graft Tsar
The recent changes in the leadership of the Nigeria’s anti graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, with the elevation Abdulrasheed Bawa has coincided with the sentencing of Obinwanne Okeke, a Nigerian fraudster, currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in the United States for internet fraud that caused $11m losses to his victims.
Bawa, the first non-uniformed officer to head the anti-graft agency has a herculean task ahead of him, first he has to restore the confidence of international partners that was eroded during the reins of the former Ag-boss, Ibrahim Magu.
He needs to clean-up the internal rot accentuated at the agency by Magu and the other heads, who coincidentally all came from Nigeria’s police department.
Mr Bawa needs to prioritize his agenda including speedy investigations and diligent prosecutions, restoring morale of staff and intensifying human capital development of personnel.
Moreso, Bawa should initiate the redeployment of the remaining police personnel back to Louis Edet House, the Nigeria’s Force Headquarters.
These moves would strengthen and at the time reassure Nigeria’s international partners that there herald a new dawn and that it’s no longer business as usual.
The 40-year-old, Abdulrasheed Bawa has spent all his work life at EFCC, joined the organisation in 2004.
Bawa, was a Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent heading the Lagos zonal office of the EFCC before his elevations
He will be the youngest person to ever lead the organisation which has been without a substantive head since November 2015.