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We’ll Go After Corrupt Public Officials From May 29 — EFCC

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, on Friday disclosed that the commission will effect the arrest and prosecution of some corrupt public officials, who will be handing over power on May 29.

The EFCC revealed that the anti-graft agency is after two ministries for fraudulent activities that bordered on procurement processes.

Bawa, however, did not release the names or the number of public officials that would be brought under the law.

He said, “Currently, we’re investigating two ministries where double payments were made. In one of the ministries, the double payments, cumulatively, were about 20 contracts of over N4bn.

“These were contracts that were done way back 2018, and then some group of people, so bold, came up with the same narration.

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“They moved the documents from the file, forged them, and then of course in conspiracy of some civil servants, raised vouchers and pay. How can that happen if we have digitalised procurement processes?”

He dismissed claims that he disobeyed the rule of law while reacting to calls for his sacking by some civil society organisations.

Bawa said, “It is on record that I am the first sitting EFCC chairman to go to court and testify, not once, not twice or three times. We now have some group of people that were paid, we know the people that are paying them, coming up with all sorts of gang-ups.

“We are following due process and the rule of law. The court had made a pronouncement, we have appealed that, and there is a stay of execution, what do you expect? We move on!”

He noted that in the last couple of months, the agency had more than ever before tried to institutionalise the operational activities of the EFCC, saying the EFCC would continue to do the good works that some persons did not want.

“And God willing, come May and June, we are going to make some huge arrests and commence huge prosecutions of people.

“And for those people that are not leaving in May, whenever they are leaving, we will be waiting for them to ensure that justice is done,” he added.

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