- EFCC chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa said APC chief Tinubu could not be arrested at the moment as the commission is still investigating him
- Bawa implied that the EFCC is accused of having conducted a media trial if she is arrested during the investigation
- The EFCC chief also responded to the question of why a petition was against the APC leader was not responding
FCT, Abuja – says Abdulrasheed Bawa, the chairman of the National Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman Bola Ahmed Tinubu is under investigation.
Bawa announced this in an exclusive interview posted on ThisDay Sunday June 20th was released, adding that an investigation won’t end in a day.
The EFCC chief allegedly requested the property form Declaration by the former governor of Lagos, who was the head of the Lagos Zonal Office.
When asked about the update on the request, Bawa said in the interview, which was also published by < i> Daily Trust was partially published:
“You asked me a question earlier about arresting people before an investigation and now you’re saying why we didn’t arrest Tinubu? Why didn’t you just say, “Arrest him?”
“The investigation is ongoing. If you investigate such matters, they don’t end in a day. Thousands of examinations run every day.
“Do you understand? They know you are from the media. After you say we are conducting a media process. ”
Petition filed against Tinubu
Bawa was also asked why allegedly nothing against a petition against Tinubu Tinubu was undertaken by a former managing director of Alpha Beta when Ibrahim Magu was the chairman of the EFCC and whether he would now take it over as chairman of the commission.
“Well, petitions are usually examined on the basis of their own merit. Every petition the EFCC receives, we have petition review committees in all zone offices. So of course the zone chairperson and chairperson have discretion based on their assessment the petition.
“In these committees we have lawyers, we have investigators who sit down and examine and advise on all petitions. Some reject them because they are civil in nature, you know, they tell the petitioner or complainant and some are advised to investigate and thoroughly examine the allegations and they are given the appropriate action.
“Any petition made on his own merit would deal with it.”
Asked why the petition went on for two years without being processed. Bawa said the investigation could take up to 30 or 40 years.
“So it’s not a problem you feel that an investigation took two years, four years, five years … after all, the lawyers will say the criminal investigation time is not up. “
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Meanwhile, Bawa has sworn that the com the Mission will prosecute former Abia State Governor Orji Kalu again.
Kalu, who is now acting senator, was released on technical grounds by the Supreme Court after being convicted of stealing billions of naira as governor of Abia State between 1999 and 2007 con.
Without delving into the substance of the case, the Supreme Court ruled I hope that the trial judge who found him guilty was brought before the appeals court and should not have ruled the matter. However, Bawa stated that the EFCC is committed to pursuing cases no matter how long it takes.