President Muhammadu Buhari has named 40-year old Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Bawa, a cadet officer, is the first to come in from within the EFCC system in the 18 years history of the commission.
The appointment means the matter of the former Acting Chairman of the commission, Mallam Ibrahim Magu, had been closed even without the Presidency announcing its position on the report of the Justice Ayo Salami panel that probed Magu’s activities at EFCC.
Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, in a statement on Tuesday said Buhari in a letter to the Senate President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, said he was acting in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of EFCC Act 2004.
Bawa, 40, is 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.
He has undergone several specialized 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.