Abdulrashid Bawa

13.09.2023 news DSS Still ‘Interrogating’ as EFCC’s Bawa Spends 90 Days in Custody

Published 13th Sep, 2023

By Daniel Ojukwu

Abdulrasheed Bawa, suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has spent 90 days in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The DSS picked up Bawa on June 14, 2023, after President Bola Tinubu suspended him.

Announcing his arrest on social media via a statement signed by Peter Afunanya, the DSS spokesperson, the agency said,“The Department of State Services has invited Abdulrasheed Bawa, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Bawa arrived a few hours ago. The invitation relates to some investigative activities concerning him.”

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His suspension, according to the office of the Secretary General of the Federation, was owing to allegations of abuse of office.

Three months after his arrest, the DSS is yet to comment on the progress of its investigation into Bawa’s affairs or mention when the secret police would charge him to court in line with the demands of the Constitution.

FIJ called Afunanya on Monday to ask about Bawa’s case but he did not respond to our calls. He had not responded to a text message sent to him at press time.

READ ALSO: Court Sends EFCC Chairman Bawa to Prison Over N40m, Range Rover

Bawa’s arrest was not the only high profile arrest in June. Godwin Emefiele, suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was also picked by the DSS on June 11.

Emefiele faced allegations of illegal gun possession but, after a Lagos court granted him bail and ordered he be remanded with the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) on July 26, the DSS flouted the court’s order and rearrested him after a scuffle with officials of the NCoS. He remains in DSS custody.

Both arrests have drawn criticism from the Nigerian Bar Association and other Nigerians over human rights concerns and disregard for court orders.

Published 13th Sep, 2023

By Daniel Ojukwu


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