Nigerian Senate confirms Buhari’s nominee to head country’s anti-corruption body

Nigerian Senate has confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

After a screening which lasted for over two hours, the confirmation was completed. The screening exercise took place in the plenary session and was headed by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.

With about 15 lawmakers asking him different questions, Mr. Bawa was grilled by senators. The questions ranged from his previous experiences, his relationship with his predecessors and his expectations for the new role for which he was named.

During the exercise, he refuted the allegation of peddling recovered properties while running the EFCC’s Port Harcourt office and said he has a decent relationship with his predecessors.

The screening comes one week after a letter to the Senate from President Muhammadu Buhari requesting the appointment of Mr. Bawa as the boss of the EFCC.

Mr. Bawa, born 40 years ago, is the youngest person ever to lead an organisation since November 2015 that has been without a substantive head.

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