CSOs submit petition to Buhari, demand probe of EFCC under Bawa

About 130 CSOs, Civil Society Organisations and more than 20 lawyers have submitted a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari over what they described as brazen disobedience of court orders by the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa.

In a statement signed by the spokesperson, Olufemi Lawson, they alleged reckless politicisation of the Commission under Bawa’s watch and his continued stay in office, despite a court order committing him to prison for contempt.

In the petition made available to newsmen, the activists stated, “It is on the basis of the continued perpetration of illegality in the EFCC, that we promptly alerted the nation to it, issuing a seven-day ultimatum to the IGP to effect Bawa’s arrest and make him face justice.

“It is worrisome that weeks after we issued this ultimatum, Bawa is still walking free, continuing the perpetration of illegality that has become the identity of the EFCC”.

While urging President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately suspend Bawa to restore confidence in the capacity of the Commission, they also urged him to direct the IGP to effect his arrest in line with a court order,.

They also demanded investigation into the workings of EFCC, its present engagements and happenings within it.

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