The leadership of the Arewa Youth Assembly has applauded the success and commitment of the chairman of the Nigerian anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
This was disclosed at a press briefing at Arewa House in Kaduna by the Arewa youths, who count Abdulrasheed Bawa as one of them with a zeal to fight corruption to zero level.
Comr. Aliyu Sanni M, the publicity secretary of the organization, affirmed the appointment of the EFCC chairman by President Muhammadu Buhari while adding that the confirmation came and the 40-year-old was in the history books as not only the youngest but the first career operative of the commission. This gladdens the hearts of the Arewa youths.
Below is the full text.
Gentlemen of the press, patriotic citizens of the federal Republic of Nigeria, happy new year.
The entire members and leadership of Arewa Youth Assembly commemorate with the chairman, Economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) on his one year in office. A year ago, the Arewa Youths Assembly rallied and fought for the youths in Nigeria, airing their views and pressing the Ultimate demands home on the need for youth inclusiveness in Governance at all level.
It seems the fight gained ground and the lord answered our prayer as we saw the nomination of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, a 40-year-old, as the chairman of EFCC. The Arewa youths continued with their campaign by calling on the SENATE president to immediately swing into action and see to the speedy confirmation of Mr Bawa.
The confirmation came and the 40-year-old was in the history books as not only the youngest, but the first career operative of the commission. This gladdens the heart of the Arewa youths, raised their hope and indeed in that we saw a symbol of fulfilment by the President, a future and permanent space for involvement of youths in governance which made us salute and appreciate the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration in taking the bold steps and trusting the future of such sensitive and meaningful commission in the hands of the youths.
The Arewa youth Assembly stood by the chairman, encouraging and motivating him to deliver as a youth, fight aggressively corruption and corrupt individuals by all means legally possible so as to redeem the image of Nigeria before the world and also not betray the confidence and opportunity confided in him by president Muhammadu Buhari. Even when threats of life and other challenges were facing Mr Bawa, the youths supported him, rallied around the country, showed their anger and disbelief and called for the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of such act.
In the shortest period of Mr Bawa’s watch as the chairman of the EFCC, alot has changed, looters are forced to surrender as they have no running place, the anti-corruption fight has taken a new dimension which is already bringing back the sincerity and honesty of this giant of Africa before the world, with his energy as a youth and his vast experience, Mr Bawa has continued to ensured rapid, yet careful investigations, prosecution of defaulters in economic and financial crimes offences.
Some of the outstanding achievements of the 40-year-old within 12 months include;
Recovery of a huge sum N152,088,698,751.64, $386,220,202.84, £1, 182,519.75, €156,246.76, 1,723,310.00 Saudi Riyal, 1,900.00 South African Rand, and 1, 400.00 Canadian Dollar and a digital currency component with 5, 36957319 Bitcoin and 0.09012 ethereum. In addition to that, there is also the convictions of 2,220 across the Commands in the same year under review being the highest, the commission has recorded within a calender year.
A breakdown of the above goes as follows;
With reference to convictions, Mr Bawa’s records are above average, setting a standard that has never been achieved before now. The convictions Mr Bawa secured for the year 2021 has superceded previous records of the year 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2020 put together. Even in 2019 when the convictions record rose to 1280, it was still below Mr Bawa’s, displaying to the world his momentum, agility, and capabilities to drive higher the EFCC. Mr Bawa’s Convictions were not centred in one location, they were spread across states to ensure that the country as a whole benefit in this fight against corruption. Consequently, the following convictions were made from the following Zonal Commands;
- 38 from Sokoto
- 324 from Ibadan
- 481 from Lagos
- 137 from Illorin
- 170 from Benin
- 230 from Port Harcourt
- 94 from Abuja
- 173 from Enugu
- 142 from Uyo
- 64 from Kaduna
- 121 from Kano
- 58 from Gombe
- 22 from Makurdi
- 170 from Benin
- 26 from Maiduguri
- 140 from Headquarters
These gives a total of 2, 220 convictions, a percentage of 98.49% with Lagos State having the highest (481) and Sokoto State the lowest (38). After thorough investigations and compliance with the law, 34 of those convictions were discharged representing 1.51%.
Not only convictions were made, recoveries were made in-terms of money as well. For the purpose of records and documentation, for history to bear witness, the following monetary recoveries were made in the following states;
- Lagos – 70, 315, 911, 260. 52
- Abuja – 1, 301, 864, 565. 43
- Kano- 1, 782, 781, 764. 94
- Maiduguri – 970, 424, 288. 76
- Benin – 972, 058, 991. 00
- Sokoto- 1, 928, 807, 015. 98
- Illorin – 240, 960, 080. 44
- Port Harcourt – 2, 149, 058, 169. 41
- Makurdi -121, 350, 559. 00
- Gombe – 385, 592, 413. 54
- Uyo – 234, 006, 942. 00
- Kaduna – 3, 339, 405, 723. 93
- Enugu -768, 204, 344. 00
- Ibadan – 325, 527, 633. 80
- Headquarters – 67, 249, 744, 994. 89
The above values amount to the total sum of 386, 220, 202. 85 US dollars which is an equivalent of 152, 088, 695, 751. 64 Nigerian Naira with Lagos having the highest amount of (70, 315, 911, 260. 52)
Since coming on board, the Bawa has continued to fight corruption and set standards and achieve uncommon feats through innovative strategies in tackling economic and financial crimes. He has prioritized Prevention through deliberate strategic actions designed to identify and address vulnerabilities within the relevant sectors of the economy. Bawa has also led the development of strategic advisories for informed policy decisions by the Government including the implementation of Advance Cargo Declaration/Cargo Tracking Note for Crude Oil Exports to curb crude oil theft. These advisories have started to change the narrative in doing Government business while enhancing transparency and accountability in public expenditure. Enforcement action is guided by actionable intelligence and aimed at achieving and sustaining measurable outcomes against crimes.
The Bawa administration also embarked on internal reforms that transformed the Commission in line with international best practices. Barely under 10 months, the Commission developed 26 Departmental Standard Operating Procedures, and 21 policies & manuals to guide, standardize and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Commission. The commission also launched a 5-year strategic plan with clear objectives aimed at effective law enforcement action against Economic and Financial Crimes.
Bawa has continued to redefine action against economic and financial crimes through renewed commitment and improved synergy with strategic alliance partners in law enforcement action. He amplified Nigeria’s commitment to the fight against corruption at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly and called on global leaders to support the unconditional return of stolen assets to victim States for development financing and implementation of the agenda 2030 for sustainable development. At the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, Bawa advocated for informal communication and intelligence sharing amongst relevant law enforcement agencies across the globe as a means to successful action against economic crimes. This position was applauded globally and formed the basis of several side events at the 9th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (CoSP to UNCAC) where Bawa stressed the importance of informal communication in international law enforcement cooperation and advocated on elimination of barriers to that effect.
Only one year in office, Bawa has made a new history. We believe by the end of his first tenure Bawa will be able to legally recover Nigeria’s loot that will fund one-year budget. Bawa has become the nightmare for internet fraudsters, corrupt politicians, and banks chiefs, among others.
Bawa has reinvigorated and collaboration with schools mostly tertiary institutions by extending culture reorientation in the younger Nigerians to shun corruption and do the right thing always. Bawa also revived the engagement with our religious leaders through the inter-faith dialogue and development of corresponding manuals to facilitate conscious teaching of their followers for effective behaviour modification. The most interesting phenomenon about him is his collaboration with other agencies and MDA’s in the country. The synergy is really working. Bawa disgorged all barriers to effective domestic law enforcement collaboration and activated the coordination mandate of the Commission on law enforcement cooperation.
This kind of action, sincerity, hard work, commitment and dedication is what you get when you have a vibrant youth, who is educated, whose education is coupled with experience and application of knowledge. Mr Bawa is standing tall as an icon for a new Nigeria free of corruption, a symbol of hope for other youths. As a matter of national development, the Arewa Youths Assembly are pleading with the president to make room for more youths in his cabinet and in such strategic positions, so as to fight and together restore the lost glory of our Fatherland, we need more of Abdulrasheed Bawa in Nigeria and in doing that, indeed, we will have the DAWN OF A NEW NIGERIA.
Mohammed Salihu Danlami Aliyu Sanni M.
Speaker Publicity Secretary