The Senate has defended its decision to confirm Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Bawa was confirmed shortly after he appeared before the upper chamber for his screening on Wednesday.
The confirmation comes amidst allegations and controversial report that the new EFCC chairman had previously been questioned for engaging in corrupt activities.
But Senator Suleiman Kwari, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, defended the Senate’s action, saying the new EFCC boss was never arrested for corruption charges.
“There were wild allegations that could not be proven. If anything at all, the young man was not queried, he was not arrested and I think he came vehemently and defended that within the floor of the Senate,” Kwari said on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday.
“There wasn’t much to investigate, what was suggested to have been an offence on his part was not in anywhere within the cycles of government.”
When asked if his committee did a background check before confirming the appointment of the new EFCC boss, the lawmaker insisted that the allegations levelled against Bawa were wild allegations.
While noting that Bawa debunked all the allegations, Kwari said the EFCC Chairman’s performance before the Senate during his screening was satisfactory, thus necessitating his confirmation.
On the capacity of the Bawa to lead effectively head the anti-graft agency, the senator said he is confident that the new EFCC chairman would deliver.
“All investigators of EFCC have gotten police background. Their first trainers on recruitment happen to be police.
“Everything that has been done in EFCC happens to be teleguided by the police. What Mr. President has done is just to look within,” he added.