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  • Updated: March 24, 2023

EFCC Reveals Plan To Go After 'Corrupt' Outgoing Public Officials

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has disclosed that it has set its sight on outgoing public officials and will go after them after May 29.

The move was revealed by EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa in a chat with Daily Trust on Friday.

Bawa who did not give the names of the number of public officials that would be made to face the law added that at least two ministries are currently under the radar of the commission for fraudulent activities bordering on procurement processes.

“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 N4 billion.

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

“They moved the documents from the file, forged them, and then of course in the conspiracy of some civil servants, raised vouchers and pay.

“How can that happen if we have digitalised procurement processes?”, he asked.

Speaking further, Bawa also addressed the issue of calls for his sacking by some civil society organisations.

“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 groups 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.

“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."

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