Keyamo backs new EFCC chairman Bawa

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Segun Adewole

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has thrown his weight behind Abdulrasheed Bawa who has been named the substantiative Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

This was after the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), forwarded Bawa’s name to the Senate on Tuesday for confirmation.

Keyamo who prosecuted for the EFCC before his ministerial appointment said he can attest to the “intellectual depth and conscientiousness” of the nominee due to the few experience he had with him.

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“I rarely do this, but having prosecuted for the EFCC for more than a decade before my appointment as Minister, I can attest to the intellectual depth and conscientiousness of this nominee, Abdulrasheed Bawa with whom I did a few matters. Congrats, ahead of the Senate screening,” Keyamo said on Twitter.

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A statement issued by the Presidency on Tuesday described Bawa as a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes.

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The 40-year-old has undergone several specialised trainings in different parts of the world and was one of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers in 2005.

Bawa holds a B.Sc degree in Economics, and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy.

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