The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has confirmed widespread speculations that he nominated Abdulrasheed Bawa for the chairmanship of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
In an interview he said that he nominated Bawa because of his high level of dedication and capacity.
Malami, in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust, said contrary to reports that he singlehandedly picked Bawa to be the chairman of the EFFC, four names were submitted to the president for consideration and Bawa was subsequently picked.
Malami also denied being related to the EFCC boss, Bawa.
“I am happy that most of the comments made are not on his capacity, intelligence, competence and associated ability to deliver. His capacity to deliver was never questioned across the nation.
“The question is whether justice has been served, whether public interest has been served having the chairman appointed with a particular regard to his capacity and ability to deliver.
“My answer is yes. He has the capacity, ability and institutional history of the institution to do justice by way of bringing about added value,” he said.
Malami said having headed three operational divisions of the commission, Bawa’s credentials made him to be selected among the names forwarded to the president.
Malami said that Bawa “has held various authorities, inclusive of serving in various divisions as the head of operations, including Port Harcourt, Lagos and Ibadan which are adjudged to be the high point,” in the EFCC.
Malami’s confirmation that he recommended Bawa for the job would now put to rest the rumours which had alleged among others also claimed that the two men who are from Kebbi State have a blood relationship.
Eyes would also be on the lookout as to whether Bawa’s appointment coming from the Malami would play a significant role in the evolving 2023 round of elections.