The New EFCC Chair meets President Muhammadu Buhari

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The Youth Are Emerging In National Leadership


The 40-year-old who has spent all his work life at EFCC, joined the organization in 2004.

Abdulrasheed Bawa, a Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent with Nigeria’s flagship anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is set to break records if confirmed by the Nigerian Senate to lead the organisation.

A statement by a presidential spokesperson on Tuesday announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm Mr Bawa, who currently heads the Lagos zonal office of the EFCC, as the substantive chairman of the commission.

Mr Bawa was in October 2015 appointed to head the commission’s investigations of Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, and her associates.

He continues to play the role to date.

If his nomination to be substantive chairman of the EFCC sails through, Mr. Bawa, born 40 years ago, will be the youngest person to ever lead the organization which has been without a substantive head since November 2015.

Other previous substantive chairpersons of the EFCC as well as Ibrahim Magu, who chaired the agency in an acting capacity for almost five years, stepped into the highly coveted office at well over 40 years of age.

The pioneer chairman of EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, assumed office at about 43 in 2003 and left in 2007.

His successor, Farida Waziri, assumed office in May 2008 at 59 years old and left on November 23, 2011.

The last substantive chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, stepped into office at 49 years old on November 23, 2011, and left on November 9, 2015.


The board, management and staff of Probitas Report and Kreeno International thank Mr. President and Commander In chief on the appointment of Mr. Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Anti-graft Agency, and we are here to work with the new helmsman to ensure he establishes a new culture the way businesses are carried in the marketplace. Integrity-In-Business as a culture in both the private and public spheres need to be enshrined in order for Nigeria to be great in the comity of nations"


Below is the short profile of the youngest EFCC boss: 

  • Abdulrasheed Bawa, who graduated from the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (Second Class Upper) in 2001, joined the EFCC as an Assistant Detective Superintendent (ADS) in 2004.
  • He also holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy which he obtained from the same university in 2012.
  • According to his resume, the new anti-graft boss has spent about 16 years working with the EFCC as a detective, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of London.
  • He was part of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers, course one, 2005, as he rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Chief Detective Superindent (DCDS), a position he has been holding since 2016 up till the time of his nomination as the anti-graft agency’s substantive chairman.
  • He has vast investigation experience and has been part of the prosecution of advance fee fraud, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic and financial crimes related offences.


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