The Department of State Services (DSS) has released a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Abdulrasheed Bawa.


This is according to a late Wednesday statement by the secret police.


“DSS confirms the release of former EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, a few hours ago (today 25th October 2023),” the DSS spokesman Pete Afunanya said.


A video of the former EFCC chief being welcomed by his wives and children has also gone viral on social media in the aftermath of his release.

His freedom came months after President Bola Tinubu suspended him as chairman of the anti-corruption agency.

Bawa’s suspension was due to hefty allegations of abuse of office levelled against him, according to the office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF).


The Director of information at the SGF office Willie Bassey said the move was to allow for a thorough probe into the allegations.


In the wake of his suspension and June 14 arrest by the DSS, a former Governor of Zamfara State Bello Matawalle also accused Bawa of seeking a $2 million bribe from him.

But the ex-EFCC chief denied the Minister of State for Defence’s allegations.


While Tinubu directed the Commision’s Director of Operations Abdulkarim Chukkol to step in as the acting chairman of the EFCC   the Nigerian leader named Ola Olukoyede as the agency chief on October 12.

Olukoyede’s appointment is for a renewable term of four years in the first instance, according to presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale.

Ajuri said the appointment followed Bawa’s resignation with Olukoyede’s confirmation coming in about a week later.



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