‘Paid Protesters’ — Northern CSOs Begs Buhari to Ignore Calls to Sack EFCC Boss

Conference of Northern States Civil Society Networks has enjoined President Muhammad Buhari to ignore some “paid protesters” calling for the romoval of Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The civil group passed a vote of confidence Bawa’s leadership, claiming it is always willing to help the commission’s anti-graft crusade.

This was disclosed during a press conference in Kano yesterday.

Ambassador Ibrahim A. Waiya, President, Kano Civil Society Forum, claimed that the protesters calling for Bawa’s removal were sponsored by a state governor who alongside members of his family were involved in an alleged corruption.

His words: “We, the members of the Conference of Northern States Civil Society Networks, wish to encourage the leadership of EFCC to continue on its current path of chasing the corrupt elements in and within the power irrespective of tribe, religion and region to rid our country of corruption, and to bring them to book.

‘’And we equally encourage the Commission to continue to uphold the best practices of professionalism and neutrality, and also to implore the Commission to continue to remain focused and should not allow itself to be distracted by noisemakers and politically motivated sentiments. While EFCC currently focuses keenly on ensuring effective trail and arrest of currency speculators and those who stashed funds for illicit purposes, we call on the attention of EFCC leadership to be alert on the after-currency naira redesigned effects, to avoid hoarding of the new notes and other misgivings by financial institutions and politicians across the country.

“We wish to call on President Muhammad Buhari to disregard and completely ignore the calls for the sack of the EFCC chairman by the paid protesters as it is being sponsored by a State Governor that himself and immediate family members are enmeshed in alleged corruption.

“We wish to categorically state that, as members of the Conference of Northern States Civil Society Networks, from the Nineteen Northern States and FCT, pass a vote of confidence on the leadership of Abdulrasheed Bawa of the EFCC, and shall continue to support the Commission in the discharge of its constitutional mandate.’’

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