Following May 29, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared that it will pursue a number of departing governors and other public figures.
In an interview with Daily Trust, EFCC Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa revealed this.
He informed the media that some arrests would be made as soon as May 29.
At least two ministries are currently on the commission’s radar for fraudulent activities that border on procurement processes, according to Bawa, who omitted names and the number of public officials who would be brought under the law.
On 20 contracts totaling N4 billion, one of the ministries is allegedly guilty of fraud. Bawa stated:.
We are currently looking into two ministries that received double payments. Twenty contracts totaling more than N4 billion in double payments were made to one ministry.
These contracts were completed back in 2018, but a brazen group of individuals later came up with the same story.
“They removed the files’ contents, forged the documents, and then, naturally, raised vouchers and pay through a conspiracy involving some civil servants. How is that possible given that our procurement procedures are digitalized? “.
Also reacting to calls for his sack by some civil society organizations, Bawa said:-.
“It is known that I am the first sitting EFCC chairman to appear in court and give a testimony, not once, not twice, or even three times. We now have a group of individuals who have been paid, and we are aware of the individuals who are funding them, to come up with various gang-ups.
“We adhere to the rule of law and due process. What do you expect, we move on after the court issued its ruling, we appealed it, and there is a stay of execution!
“We lost 41 cases, while receiving 3,785 favorable outcomes. Nobody is losing and nobody is winning; what is there, what are we talking about, and who is and is not losing? However, that’s how it is!
In 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, and 2023, it occurred. We are historical scholars.
“People are merely attempting to convey to the incoming government that the chairman needs to be replaced, perhaps because the chairman is acting appropriately. Simply put, corruption must fight back. Just that!
“However, what they are unaware of is the fact that we have worked harder than ever to institutionalize the EFCC’s operational activities over the past few months.
“The EFCC will continue to carry out the good deeds they detest and the prosecutions we intend to carry out, whether Bawa is involved or not.
And, God willing, in May and June, we’ll make a significant number of arrests and launch a significant number of criminal prosecutions.
And we’ll be waiting for those who aren’t leaving in May to make sure justice is served. “.