The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has disclosed that he has been receiving death threats since he came on board as the chairman of the anti-graft agency.
Bawa made this disclosure on Tuesday, June 15, during an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme.
When asked on Tuesday if indeed corruption is fighting back, Bawa said, “Last week, I was in New York, as all Nigerians are aware of. A very senior citizen received a phone call from somebody that is not even under investigation. What he (the caller) said to him on phone is that; he is going to kill the EFCC chairman, the young man.
“He said, ‘I am going to kill him. I am going to kill him’. This is to tell you how bad it is. It is actually real. Corruption can fight back.”
When further asked if he meant he has been receiving death threats, the EFCC chairman said, “Yes”.
The President had in February 2021 named 40-year-old Bawa as the new EFCC chairman to replace the embattled ex-acting chairman of the anti-graft commission, Ibrahim Magu.
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the current challenges affecting the country require proactive leaders who are also prepared to bring Nigerians together.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday, June 14, in Abuja, said the vice president expressed this view in Lagos during a courtesy visit to the palace of Oniru of Iruland, Oba Abdulwasiu Lawal.
The traditional ruler is celebrating his first coronation anniversary.
Osinbajo commended Lawal for being a leader to people of diverse socio-ethnic backgrounds.
“Our country needs all the leaders, the best leaders, the most proactive leaders, leaders prepared to bring the country together.
”Lagos is a microcosm of Nigeria, everybody is here, if things work out well here, things will be okay in the country.
“I am sure your role here is that of someone who brings together communities; not just Yorubas, but everybody.
“And I can see that from your choice of chiefs, you have gone to other parts; and I think this is the attitude of great leaders.”