Bawa not disobeying court orders, EFCC reacts to protests

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday denied an allegation that its Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, was fond of disobeying orders of courts.

There have been a series of protests, especially in Lagos and Abuja by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), demanding the removal of the Chairman of the EFCC.

On Monday, members of another CSO numbering over 100 took over the streets of Lagos to demand the sack of Bawa over human rights infringement and disobedience of court orders.

But Speaking at a briefing on Tuesday in Abuja, EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said the groups carrying out the protests have no interest in the fight against Corruption.

He said the commission believed it was denied a fair hearing and that as a law-abiding institution, the EFCC had approached the appellate court, for a stay of execution.

Uwujaren, however, did not say whether the stay of execution had been granted to forestall the order for the arrest of Bawa by the Inspector-General of Police.

He alleged that the protests by over 100 anti-corruption Civil Society Organisations, which entered the third day on Monday, was sponsored against the EFCC chairman to discredit his person.

According to him, the protesters’ allusion to disobedience of court orders by the EFCC chairman is an alibi to manipulate facts around judicial pronouncements and processes to pitch the public against the commission.

He maintained that those claiming that Bawa has a penchant for flouting court orders are simply up to mischief, which he (Uwujaren) said is clearly the central theme of the plot by the so- called civil society group.

He said: “Information available to the Commission, indicates that the group is sponsored by persons under investigation by the Commission and have been mobilised and mandated by their paymaster to embarrass the person of the chairman through choreographed street protests across the country, until he is removed from office.

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