Abdulrasheed Bawa’s appointment comes after his predecessor was fired on fraud charges.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a new head of the country’s anti-corruption agency after his predecessor was sacked on charges of fraud, including misuse of confiscated assets.
The presidency appointed Abdulrasheed Bawa chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Buhari spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement on Tuesday.
40-year-old Bawa has experience investigating and prosecuting fraud, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering and other economic crimes.
Bawa, 40, is a trained EFCC investigator with extensive experience investigating and prosecuting cases of advance fraud, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering and other economic crimes.
– Presidency of Nigeria (@NGRPresident) February 16, 2021
Buhari took office in 2015 and won a second term at the helm of Africa’s largest economy and leading oil producer in 2019. He promised to fight corruption and clean up Nigerian politics.
Last year, the 78-year-old president suspended former head of the anti-corruption agency, Ibrahim Magu, on allegations of ethics violations, including the sale of confiscated assets.
Magu, a former police officer, was named a key figure in Buhari’s anti-corruption campaigns in 2016.
The EFCC was founded in 2003 under pressure from an international watchdog who identified Nigeria as one of the countries that are not cooperating in the global fight against money laundering.
In the past, critics have accused Nigeria’s ruling elites of using the country’s anti-corruption agency as a political tool to fight enemies.