Abdulrasheed Bawa, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has vowed to resign his appointment should anyone pressure him to violate the rule of law while leading the anti-graft agency.
Bawa made this statement recently in an interview with state broadcaster NTA, the anti-graft agency said.
According to Bawa, who has a pending corruption case as revealed, the anti-graft agency under his watch will adhere strictly to the rule of law in discharge of its statutory responsibilities regardless of pressure from anybody.
The indelible stain on his anti-corruption garment could, however, impair his determination to resist undue influence from corrupt overlords.
The Commission under my watch will continue to abide by the rule of law.
If anybody asks me to do anything contrary to my conscience or against the rule of law, I will resign my appointment.
The EFCC chair did not further explain who he meant by “anybody.”
The anti-graft agency, prior to this time, on different occasions, has been involved in a series of illegal operations which negates the tenets of the rules of law.
Untoward practices such as the illegal freezing of bank accounts and unlawful arrests have resulted in sanctions with competent courts at some points compelling the EFCC to pay damages to those whose right it has abused.
Bawa, just a few weeks into his appointment, illegally ordered all bankers to declare their assets relying on an archaic decree from the military era, although he was yet to conclude his asset declaration with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) when he made this statement.
Bawa insisted that bank employees must declare their assets with the CCB because the EFCC will be calling for asset declaration forms of bank employees for investigations.