The Senate has confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Bawa was confirmed as the new anti-graft agency czar after his screening on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.
Bawa was accompanied into the Senate chambers for the screening by his family members and associates.
The new EFCC Chairman during his screening said his nomination has given hope to Nigerian youths.
“I’m not unaware, my nomination has caused a lot of hope for the teeming youth. I’m going to give them good representation,” he said.
Bawa pledged to reposition the commission by ensuring that its standard operating procedures are strengthened and improved upon.
He also stated that there will be more transparency and accountability.
He said the constitution of the country will guide his actions should he be confirmed as EFCC Chairman, assuring that he would leave the anti-graft agency in a better place than he met at the end of his tenure.
The 40-year-old Bawa holds a B.A. in Economics from Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto.
He is one of the pioneer EFCC cadet officers from 2005 and has worked with the anti-graft agency for 16 years. He is a certified fraud examiner and anti-money laundering expert.
Prior to his confirmation, he was the Lagos zonal head of the anti-graft agency.
Bawa takes over from Mohammed Umar, who has been in an acting capacity since July 2020 following the suspension of Ibrahim Magu, the former acting EFCC chairman, over allegations of gross misconduct.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on 16 February asked the Senate to confirm Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the EFCC.
In a letter to the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, the president said he was acting in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of EFCC Act 2004.