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Bawa has returned AVM Ojuawo’s Range Rover, to release seized N40 million – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said  its chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has returned the Range Rover SUV confiscated from former Air Vice Marshal Rufus Ojuawo and approved the refund of his seized N40 million.

Bawa was on Tuesday convicted by a High Court sitting in Maitama, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in relation to his agency’s failure to comply with an order of the court. 
Justice Chizoba Oji, in a ruling, held that Bawa should be committed to prison at Kuje Correctional Centre for his disobedience, and continued disobedience of the said order of the court. 

The judge mandated the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to ensure that the order of the court was executed. Reacting to this, the EFCC stated that it was shocked by the ruling of Justice Chizoba Oji of the FCT High Court, which sentenced Bawa to prison for contempt. 

On its verified Twitter handle, the anti-graft agency described Bawa as an apostle of the rule of law and due process and one who believes in close collaboration between the two institutions in justice administration.“This ruling is surprising as it creates a wrong impression of the person of the commission’s chairman as encouraging impunity,” the anti-graft agency said. 

“As far as the relationship between the EFCC and the judiciary is concerned, the chairman has been an apostle of the rule of law, due process and a promoter of close collaboration between the two institutions in justice administration.” 


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