The Nigeria opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sent a warning to the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, over his fight against financial crimes.
PDP on Sunday, February 28 in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, cautioned the newly appointed head of the nation’s anti-graft agency against bowing to partisan pressures to use the commission to harass dissenting voices.
The party also warned Bawa to avoid the peril of his immediate predecessor and work all commitment towards restoring the commission to its proper role of leading Nigeria’s war against financial crimes.
The statement read in part, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the new Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, to re-engineer and restore professionalism in the anti-graft agency.
“The party urges Bawa to avoid the pitfalls of his immediate predecessor in office, by resisting all-partisan pressures to use the agency as a tool for political persecution, harassment of dissenting voices, settling of personal scores as well as for personal enrichment, as witnessed under the last chairman.
“Such tendencies eroded professionalism in the EFCC, compromised its activities and diminished the public confidence with regard to fairness, impartiality and even-handedness in the handling of cases.”
Meanwhile, a human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, (SAN) has condemned the detention of former media aide to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, Salihu Tanko-Yakasai,