Abdulrasheed Bawa, the new helmsman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has about 16 years of experience on the job.
Bawa, 40, is a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes.
At 40, he is the youngest person to chair the Commission, the founding chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, was appointed at the age of 43 in 2003.
In the course of his career, Bawa has attended several specialized courses and training from different institutions around the world.
He a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). He has also undergone training at the
United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) the United States, Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FINCEN),
The World Bank, The United Nations Office of Drug and Crimes, The Nigeria Police Force, The Nigeria State Security Services, The EFCC Academy and the United Kingdom’s Global Training Consulting. Before his new appointment, the Kebbi born officer, worked as the Zonal Head of the EFCC in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Oyo States.
This makes him the first person to be appointed to the EFCC job from anywhere in Nigeria other than the North-East zone and the Fourth Chairman of EFCC to come from the Northern part of Nigeria.
Over the years there has been agitation for someone who rose from the ranks of the Commission to lead the anti-corruption agency and Bawa’s nomination as the first career operative to head the EFCC, may have assuaged those making such demand.
Bawa who has served under all EFCC past chairpersons will be coming to his new assignment with a lot of experience.
The operative started work with EFCC from its Lagos office, after joining in 2005.
He has held notable postings and handled high profile cases over the years including supervising the biggest operations zonal office of the EFCC in Lagos with 604 officers and men and securing 227 convictions despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Supervising the investigation of all cases in Port Harcourt Zonal office in which an unprecedented 215 convictions were secured in eleven months and securing Final Forfeiture of hundreds of properties to the Federal Government, investigation of all cases in the Ibadan Zonal office in which 113 were concluded and 54 charged to court within 6 Month.
The Diezani Alison-Madueke’s recovering millions of dollars worth of properties in Nigeria, UK., USA, and UAE including 92 properties in Nigeria and recovering billions of Naira from crude oil swaps among others.
Bawa is a graduate of the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 2001 and a Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy in 2011.
Until his nomination, he was a Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent, a position he was promoted to in 2016, he is happily married and blessed with children.