The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it will revoke the detention order of its chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, in a court in Abuja.
In a Tuesday evening statement obtained by our correspondent, the anti-graft agency said it was shocked to receive Bawa’s contempt for failure to comply with a court order of 21 November 2018, in which Judge Chizoba Oji of the Federal Capital Territory of Maitama in Abuja found that The Commission will return the sum of seized assets including Range Rover (Super Charge) and N40,000,000.00 to the applicant.
A statement signed by its spokesman, Wilson Uujaren, read: “This ruling is surprising because it gives the wrong impression to the executive chairman of the EFCC that it encourages impunity.
“In terms of the relationship between the EFCC and the judiciary, Executive Chairman Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa has been an advocate for the rule of law, due process and close cooperation between the two agencies in the administration of justice.
“As an investigator and the only law enforcement agency chief executive who regularly appears in court, the executive chairman will not tolerate impunity or disregard any lawful court order.
“Abdulrasheed Bawa has been the Executive Chairman of the EFCC since March 5, 2022 and has not disregarded any court order. In the public interest, the above order of the FCT High Court was made on November 21, 2018, that Bawa became the EFCC Chairman three times years ago.
“This fact is closely related because contempt proceedings are quasi-criminal in nature and must be served on the person concerned. In this case, Bawa, who is the current chairman of the EFCC, received neither Form 48 nor Form 49 .
“Nevertheless, the Executive Chairman, having been informed of the above order dated 21 November 2018, has issued the relevant Range Rover to the applicant on 27 June 2022 and has approved the procedure for the issuance of the remaining N40m.
“Considering the procedural lapses in the contempt proceedings, the Commission has initiated a procedure to set aside the entire contempt proceedings and the Executive Chairman’s commitment to contempt of court.
Although the ruling appears to be driven by misinformation, the committee remains committed to working closely with the judiciary to facilitate the fight against economic and financial crime in Nigeria. ”