The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, on Thursday, said Nigerians will know the identities of terrorism financiers in the country at the right time.
He made this statement on Channels Television’s current affairs show “Politics Today’’, where he was a guest.
The 41-year-old, who slumped during an official event at the Presidential Villa earlier on Thursday, also said he had seen a doctor and that “everything about me is okay, except for the fact that I’m a little dehydrated and I need to drink a lot of water.”
Bawa’s appointment followed the corruption charges leveled against beleaguered ex-acting EFCC chair, Ibrahim Magu, and his subsequent suspension.
The Commission was founded in the early 2000s during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s government to fight economic and financial crimes such as advance fee fraud (419), money laundering, terrorism financing, and other miscellaneous offenses.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Monday, published six Nigerians and 32 others for allegedly financing terrorism.
The Nigerians on the list include: Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad. They were allegedly tried in the UAE and sentenced to at least ten years in prison.
TOS NEWS learnt that Nigerians are believed to have transferred up to $800,000 to Boko Haram between 2015 and 2116.
A presidential aide, Garba Shehu, also stated in March 2021 that 400 Bureau De Change operators were arrested for allegedly aiding the Boko Haram conflict.
Nigerians were transferring money to the cult from the United Arab Emirates, he claimed.
“If you are my adviser, will you advise me to come on national television to tell the whole world about sensitive national security issues?” the EFCC chairman asked the interviewer on Thursday. Definitely not. But I want to reassure you that we are working relentlessly with our partner agencies to keep this country safe from terrorism.”
When asked if it was appropriate for the government to keep the identities of terror financiers whose activities have resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent people hidden, Bawa responded, “Of course, transparency is one of the bedrock(s) of this administration, of course, I am not a spokesman for this administration, but I believe that at the right time Nigerians will get to know those that have caused the deaths of thousands of innocent people.”
“These are concerns that extend beyond the borders of our country, and we are, of course, working relentlessly with our international partners as well as other sister organizations here at home to address them. We’re working; it’s not something we should come out and proclaim that these are our operating procedures.”
Terrorism finance has become a major problem in the country in recent years, with some unnamed politicians being accused of working with the terrorists.