Kebbi group joins calls for removal of EFCC chairman

A coalition of youths in Kebbi State, the home state of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa, has joined calls by various pressure groups and Civil Society Organizations for the embattled anti-corruption czar to resign or be fired by President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

At a press conference held in Sokoto on Friday, concerned youths under the auspices of the Kebbi Youths' Coalition stated their position on the raging issue of Bawa.

In reading the coalition press statement, the chairman, Kabiru Hassan Kalgo, recalled that "over the past few days, there have been growing calls for Mr Bawa to resign as chairman of the EFCC over what has become known as the character of his leadership in disobeying orders of the courts across the country."

"As people of Kebbi State, we are known for having noble characters and being obedient to God's and constituted authorities' instructions.

"We are particularly sad, that Mr Bawa, who ordinarily should be our ambassador as young people of Kebbi, has become an embarrassment, by abusing the privileges of his office as the chairman of the EFCC.

"It is no longer news, based on available evidence, that Abdulrasheed Bawa has chosen to become known for brazenly disobeying court orders in such a way that not only undermines the institutions of our democracy but also indicates a contradiction to the anti-corruption agenda of General Muhammadu Buhari's administration" (retd).

"In the very recent time, Bawa has been convicted to prison terms on about three different occasions within the space of one month for a clear breach of the extant orders of the court.

"This does not represent the kind of integrity, that any occupant of such a sensitive position as that of EFCC, should be known for.

"We believe that those who preach equity must also practice equity.

"You cannot continue to administer a law enforcement institution while being disobedient to the legal institution, particularly our courts."

The Kebbi Youths' Coalition also stated that Bawa is setting a dangerous precedent for law and order compliance in Nigeria, which must be discouraged by all patriots.

"Finally, we wish to restate that the character of Abdulrasheed Bawa is not a true representation of who we are, as young people of the state and therefore stands condemned.

"We believe that no individual or group in our country should ever be seen to be above the rule of law," the coalition stated.

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