EFCC chair Bawa convicted for contempt

Abdulrasheed Bawa, EFCC Chairman
Abdulrasheed Bawa, EFCC Chairman

A Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, has convicted the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, for contempt.

Bawa's conviction was in relation relation to his agency’s failure to comply with an earlier order of the court.

The presiding judge, Justice Chizoba Oji, in his verdict, held that “the Chairman Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is in contempt of the orders of this honourable court made on November 21st 2018 directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abuja to return to the applicant his Range Rover (Super charge) and the sum of N40, 000,000.00 (Forty Million Naira).

“Having continued wilfully in disobedience to the order of this court, he should be committed to prison at Kuje Correctional Centre for his disobedience, and continued disobedience of the said order of court made on November 21st, 2018, until he purges himself of the contempt.

“The Inspector General of Police shall ensure that the order of this honourable court is executed forthwith,” the judge said.

The judge also rejected pleas put forward by the lawyer to the EFCC, Francis Jirbo, to justify his client’s action.

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