Former EFCC Chairman, Bawa Released After Five Months

Abdurasheed Bawa, the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been released from detention after a period of five months. His release took place on Wednesday night, marking a significant development in his legal situation.

The initial cause of Bawa’s detention was his suspension from the position of EFCC Chairman by President Bola Tinubu, who cited alleged abuse of office as the reason for the action. Following his suspension, Bawa was arrested by the Department of State Service (DSS) on June 14, 2023.

During the period of his detention, no formal charges were publicly disclosed by the DSS, and there was no public statement specifying the exact nature of the allegations against him. This lack of clarity regarding the allegations added to the intrigue and speculation surrounding his detention.

The release of Abdurasheed Bawa raises questions about the circumstances surrounding his suspension, arrest, and subsequent detention, and it is likely to be the subject of continued public interest and legal scrutiny.

Meanwhile, on October 12, Tinubu appointed Olanipekun Olukoyede as the EFCC Chairman.The Senate has also confirmed Olukoyede’s appointment on October 18, 2023.