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General News of Monday, 28 August 2023


'He will be treated differently' - Tinubu's government gives fresh update on Bawa's arrest

A collage of President Bola Tinubu and Rasheed Bawa A collage of President Bola Tinubu and Rasheed Bawa

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale has given some updates on the arrest of the embattled former Chairman Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa.

Bawa is in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) following his arrest more than 3 months ago.

Ngelale who spoke on Channels TV on a wide range of issues disclosed that the investigations have already began on Bawa but stressed his situation is sticky and sensitive situation.

"...I believe that process has already started, it is a sticky and sensitive situation when you talk about institutions like the DSS, and EFCC where you are dealing with the individuals who are holding a topmost national secret," he said.

He continued: "You can't treat all cases the same way. Yes, the legal process is the same, I am not saying there is selectivity or anything like that but what I am saying is some individuals have higher classification to higher levels of information and on the basis of that, that will certainly impact the way that you house this individual for example versus somebody who doesn't have access to top-level classifications."

Meanwhile, the EFCC revealed that the arrest and subsequent indefinite detention of Bawa has not stopped the anti-graft agency from carrying out its statutory duty or probing both high- and low-profile persons suspected of corrupt practices.

The spokesperson for the commission, Wilson Uwujaren made this known on Saturday, August 26.

Prior to his arrest, the EFCC was investigating high-profile suspects, including former and incumbent governors and ministers such as Bello Matawalle, Yahaya Bello, and Kayode Fayemi, all of whom were under probe by the commission before the assumption of the acting EFCC Chairman Abdulkarim Chukkol to office.