Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says he has received death threats since his appointment.
The statement was made during an interview with Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.
“I am optimistic that the anti-graft agency will be able to tame the corruption monster in Nigeria,” Bawa said. He said he recently received a death threat from somebody who is not under investigation by EFCC.
“I was in New York last week. A very senior citizen received a phone call from someone who is not even under investigation by the EFCC. The EFCC boss, the young man, will be killed, he said.
“This is to show you how real corruption can fight back. Because there are elements of it (corruption) almost everywhere, but I am very optimistic that we will succeed in taming this monster.
Bawa said that the commission is focusing on cracking down on the gatekeepers of the proceeds of corruption in the country.
Our attention is focused on the issue of how funds are utilized, whether in the public or private sector. We are looking at the way in which the proceeds are being laundered.”
The goal is to have a rigorous and effective control of what we call gatekeepers in money laundering.
According to Bawa, Nigerians are very religious, so the commission has created a manual for engaging religious bodies.
“Nigeria is a very religious country, so one of our priorities in public enlightenment is to engage with religious leaders.
“We will soon launch an interface with the Christian and Islamic communities to engage them on the ills of corruption.
The manual has already been designed for that.”
President Buhari appointed the 40-year-old as chairman of the EFCC in February. Ibrahim Magu, the former acting chairman, was replaced by him.