EFCC's Suspended Chairman Bawa Refuses Legal Aid Amid DSS Detention

Suspended EFCC Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa, detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) for 67 days since June 14, 2023, has reportedly refused legal representation and declined to answer any queries from the DSS during his confinement. Sources revealed that despite his association with alleged financial impropriety, Bawa remained reticent.

The DSS conducted a thorough search of Bawa's home and office in June, while close associates of the EFCC were questioned about alleged mismanagement and diversion of seized assets. The search of Bawa's home was witnessed by his family, and his office was also searched. Despite these developments, the DSS has not yet filed charges against Bawa, as their investigation continues.

The DSS had obtained an ex parte order to extend Bawa's detention beyond 48 hours to prevent lawsuits claiming violation of his fundamental rights. This move was reportedly aimed at deterring Bawa from legal action. The DSS spokesperson declined to comment on the situation.

Bawa is allegedly involved in fraudulent dealings with the suspended CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, and is accused of misappropriating seized asset proceeds. He was previously arrested in 2019 over allegations of selling seized trucks at significantly lower prices than their market value, causing potential loss of N4.8 billion in loot recovery.

The former Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, accused Bawa of demanding a $2 million bribe from him, which further intensified the ongoing investigation against Bawa. Allegations suggest Bawa collaborated with Emefiele in fraudulent activities with Bureau De Change operators.


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