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EFCC has recovered $100m from INTELS, says Bawa

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The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has disclosed that the anti-corruption agency recovered $100 million from Integrated Logistics Services (INTELS) on behalf of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

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Bawa stated this in Abuja when he appeared at the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Media Team at the State House yesterday.

On successes recorded by the commission since he took over in the last 100 days, Bawa said the agency does not make recoveries for only the Federal Government but all victims of fraud.

He recalled that the commission recovered $100 million for the NPA from some of the outstanding remittances INTELS owed the country.

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He noted that he did not refer to any serving minister in his submission on how a minister purchased a multi-million naira property through a bank chief.

The anti-corruption Czar had on Tuesday, in an interview with Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, disclosed that the EFCC investigated a female minister, who bought a $37.5 million property from a bank and deposited $20 million cash.
 
“We investigated a matter in which a bank MD marketed the property to a minister and agreed to purchase it at $37.5 million.

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“The bank then sent a vehicle to her house to evacuate $20 million from her house in the first instance,” he had said.

On why, up till now, no minister or bank manager has been prosecuted on account of the matter, Bawa, at the media briefing, said he had been alluding to Diezani Alison-Madueke case, insisting that the former minister will still be prosecuted any time she returns to the country.

Bawa, however, declined to state how many properties have been seized by the EFCC over money laundering, saying most of the seizures were still being investigated.

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Also, the EFCC boss shrugged reported threats to his life, saying the development would not deter him from carrying out his assignment. “One cannot die when his time has not come; no matter the sophistication of the orchestration. Just don’t cross the lines, as the EFCC will get you anytime, anywhere,” he said.

The minority caucus in the House of Representatives, meanwhile, has decried the alleged threat to the life of the EFCC boss.

The caucus maintained that the matter smacked of an attempt to shield corrupt officials in the country.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), meanwhile, described President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption as a circus show.

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The party claimed that the recent indictment of an un-named female minister alleged by the EFCC to have purchased a property worth $37.5 million has further certified that the Buhari Presidency is a sanctuary of corruption.

In a statement, yesterday, by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP challenged the EFCC chairman to name the said female minister and stop the famous process of easing out corrupt people in Buhari’s cabinet.

The PDP said it is also aware of how other cabinet ministers including those indicted for siphoning and diverting funds meant for parastatals and agencies under their purview are allegedly being shielded from prosecution.

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