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EFCC Boss, Bawa Explains Why His Not Going To Reveal The Sponsors Of Boko Haram » Naijaloaded


The EFCC boss made the statement during Politics Today’s Channels TV program on Thursday evening.

Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has said he cannot publicly reveal the Identities of people bankrolling Boko Haram terrorists and other insurgents in Nigeria.

The EFCC boss made the statement during Politics Today’s Channels TV program on Thursday evening.

Earlier this week, the authorities of the United Arab Emirates mentioned six Nigerians among those funding terrorism.

However, while answering a question regarding that, Bawa said he would not discuss a sensitive national security issue on national television.

“If you are my adviser, will you advise me to come on national television to tell the whole world regarding matters of sensitive national security issue?” Bawa asked.

“Certainly, not. But what I want to assure you we are working tirelessly with other sister agencies to ensure that this country is free of terrorism.”

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has promised many times to publish the names of people sponsoring terrorism in the country, but has failed to do so.

Also in Nigeria, about 400 Bureaux de Change operators are standing trial for allegedly supporting terrorists but the government has also not made the details available to Nigerians.

Bawa, who collapsed while speaking at an event organized by National Identity Management Commission at the Presidential Villa earlier on Thursday, said he had since returned to work after seeing his doctor.

He said apart from being dehydrated, he was fine.

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EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Yahoo Boys In Port Harcourt (Photo) » Naijaloaded


Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested eleven ( 11) suspected Internet fraudsters in an early morning sting operation.

The suspects: Chidindu Michael; Timothy Emmanuel; Nweke Joseph Jeff; Francis David; Pedro Enuaghanam Nnaemeka; Promise Amesi; David Eke; Michael Okoroaha; David Achi, Justic Arugba and Collins Wedeh, were arrested on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Ozuobo Area, off NTA Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

They were arrested through surveillance and verified intelligence on their suspicious internet- related criminal activities.

Items recovered from them include: one wine- coloured Lexus ES 350 car; six Plasma Television sets; three laptops; ten( 10) mobile phones of different brands; one LG Home Theatre; one black and red Boom Speaker; one Hisense Speaker; one Hisense Sound Bar, 5 Automated Teller Machine( ATM) cards of different banks and two Apple wrist watches .

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

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“I Was Dehydrated” – EFCC Boss Speaks After Health Scare In Aso Rock » Naijaloaded


The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has spoken out after his health scare at the presidential villa in Abuja.

He revealed that dehydration caused him to be dizzy while he was giving a speech at Aso Rock yesterday, September 16.

Bawa caused many to panic when he became dizzy while delivering a speech at an event in the presidential villa.

Speaking on Channels TV on Thursday evening, Bawa said his doctors attributed his dizziness to dehydration. He said;

“While giving my goodwill message during the programme organised by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), there was a sort of dizziness on me and I had to excuse myself from the stage.

And of course I went straight to the hospital where the doctors confirmed to me that everything about me is okay except for the fact that I’m a bit dehydrated and need to take a lot of water.

Straight away from the hospital, I went back to the office and now I’m back at home”

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“Our Chairman Is Hale And Hearty”



The Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement released, said Bawa is hale and hearty.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has disclosed that its chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa is hale and hearty after he slumped during an event in the statehouse Abuja today September 16.

The Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement released, said Bawa is hale and hearty.

“The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa is hale and hearty. This clarification became necessary following an incident today September 16, 2021, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja where he was giving a goodwill message to the National Identity Day celebration, felt unwell, and had to return to his seat.

He has since received medical attention and is due back at his desk.” the statement read.

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EFCC Chairman, Bawa Reportedly Slumps At Aso Rock (Photos) » Naijaloaded


Bawa was giving his goodwill message at the National Identity Day celebration when he suddenly stopped speaking.

There was palpable tension as Abdulrasheed Bawa, The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was rushed out of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, September 16, after he slumped at a programme.

According to Daily Trust, Bawa was giving his goodwill message at the National Identity Day celebration when he suddenly stopped speaking.

He was speaking about a man the commission arrested in Ibadan, Oyo state, with 116 SIM cards when he stopped talking and covered his face with his right palm, saying “Please, excuse me, I can’t continue.”

He was later assisted to his seat by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, and other senior officials at the event.

Master of Ceremony (MC) later announced that the Bawa’s condition was stable, but those who rushed him out were yet to return to the hall when he said this.

The MC said:-

“I am happy to announce to you that the EFCC Chairman is now stable.”

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BREAKING!! EFCC Chairman, Bawa Collapses Inside Aso Rock » Naijaloaded


The Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, on Thursday slumped while delivering a speech at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Daily Trust reports that Bawa was giving a goodwill message at the National Identity Day celebration when he suddenly stopped speaking.

The EFCC boss was later assisted to his seat by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, and other senior officials at the event.

Bawa was eventually rushed out and taken to hospital.

Before the incident, Bawa was speaking about a man who was arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State, with 116 SIM cards.

Details later…

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EFFC Chairman Bawa Slumps At Open Event, Hospitalised » Naijaloaded


EFFC Chief, Mr Bawa was speaking at an event at the Presidential Villa in Abuja when he suddenly collapsed on stage and was hastily assisted to his seat by other attendees.

He was then transferred to a hospital moments later.

It was not immediately clear whether or not the EFCC chief, who appears young and energetic, had been nurturing any illnesses before today’s incident.

Mr Bawa was complaining about widespread identity crimes across Nigeria in his speech before the incident.

President Muhammadu Buhari named Mr Bawa as the chairman of the anti-graft office in February 2021.

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EFCC Confirms Arrest Of 50 Internet Suspected Fraudsters In Ogun Hotels » Naijaloaded


The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has confirmed the arrest of no fewer than 50 suspected internet fraudsters at the Mitros Residences Annex, Daktad and Celias suites in Abeokuta areas of Ogun state.

PLATFORM TIMES had reported that the EFCC operatives reportedly broke into a government owned hotel around 4am on Monday and arrested some lodgers suspected to be internet fraudsters.

PLATFORM TIMES further reported that the EFCC operatives during the raid went away with some exotics cars and gadgets reportedly belonging to the suspected fraudsters.

When the Head of Public Affairs in Ibadan Zonal office, Tokunbo Odeniyi was contacted, he confirmed the arrest.

Odeniyi revealed that items such as laptops, mobile phones and cars were confiscated from the suspects during the raid.

He said, “yes, it true, the EFFC made arrest of some fraudsters in Abeokuta, the state capital.

“They were arrested in three different places so I can’t tell you how many was arrested at Mitros.

“Fifty six suspected internet fraudsters were arrested in three different hotels in Abeokuta.

“Items such as laptops, mobile phones and cars were confiscated from the suspects.”

When asked the sins of the arrested people, Odeniyi said investigations are ongoing to confirm the exact crime they were involved in.

He added, “I can’t give you all these details now, investigation is ongoing and you know the spokesperson is at Abuja.”

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EFCC Arrests 33 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Calabar (Photos) » Naijaloaded

The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Thursday September 9, 2021 arrested thirty three (33) suspected internet fraudsters during a sting operation at different locations in Calabar, Cross River state.

Seventeen of the arrested suspects were picked up at a location on Post Office Street, Royal Estate, off Ekot Onin, while ten (10) were apprehended at No.1 Marian Owan by Lemena junction. The other six suspects were arrested at Parliamentary Extension, Calabar.

The suspects aged between 22 – 35 years are: Modey Terrence Akong, Detoo Bem Daniel, Godson Topbie, Moses Valentine Nkpung, Idang Confidence, Chinagorom Edward, Enwereuzo Chidiebere, Obioma ThankGod, Richard Reinhard, Clinton Christopher, Raymond Samuel, Etim Paul, Okechukwu Caleb and Joseph Akobo.

Others are Morayo Jerry, Ogar Jemyford, Emmanuel Chika, Okpubeku Prosper, Onedo Caleb, Enajemo Oghenekaro, Great Asume, Ebuka Uzokwe, Obikwelu Ugochukwu, Oloko Pius Monshe, Gideon Ani, Effiong Akaninyene, Agoh Oscar, Agu Favour, Abang Godswill, Amalam Micheal, Luka Kaben, Ifeanyi Enwereuzo and Achilonu Moses.

At the point of arrest, several laptops and mobile phones were recovered from the suspects. Also recovered from them are three Lexus saloon cars with registration numbers: LAGOS – AKD 56 FQ, ABUJA- KUJ 79 BM and IMO – UMG 956 KU; a Toyota Camry and a Honda Accord with registration numbers LAGOS – APP 368FY and OYO – BDJ 476AQ respectively.

The arrested suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

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Naira Hits ₦550 To A Dollar, EFCC Warns Banks Against FOREX Fraud » Naijaloaded

The Naira was at a record low against the dollar on Thursday, depreciating to nearly N550 at the unofficial market from N530 at last week’s close as demand for the greenback from importers continues to bump up against scarce market liquidity.

Checks in Kano revealed the record high forex rate especially at the Kano’s popular Wapa BDC market in Wapa, where forex traders said as of Thursday evening, a dollar was exchanging for N549, and that it could even exceed N550 before the close of the day.

Aminu Shua’ibu Malan, a trader in the market, said: “Prior to the last three days, it used to be around N520, but has now reached N550.

“This is caused by the high demand by importers and its scarcity courtesy of this Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy. We are afraid that if this policy continues, a dollar could reach about N600-N700, which will surely spell doom for our economy.”

The traders, who said that there is no hope in sight as to when the Naira will appreciate, called on the apex bank to have a rethink on its dollar ban policy in order to save the country’s economy.

In Abuja, the Naira continued a free fall, shading off about N12. At the Wuse Zone 4 BDC market, most of the forex traders sold the naira for between N540 and N542 to the dollar, as against about N528/$1 last week.

A BDC operator named Sumaila said he sold for N540/$1. He also said the price has spiked because even the banks don’t sell to BDCs, yet most SMEs get their forex funding needs from BDCs’ supplies.

Some other BDC operators said they sold the dollar for between N540 and N542.

Ibrahim Audu, a forex hosteller who prospects for customers at Wuse Zone 4 Abuja, told our Correspondent he could arrange for N542/$1 if the Correspondent would sell up to $10,000.

At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos showed that dollars exchanged for between N530 to N535 at the parallel market.

“We started at N525 this week and it has continued to rise because of high demand,” says a Bureau De Change operator.

“We don’t even understand it again. They said banks should give dollars and when you go there, they would tell you there is no dollar. The banks too have become Bureau De Change,” another BDC operator, who identified himself simply as Hassan, said.

“We now sell at N529, N530. We hope very soon, things will change and CBN will reconsider their stand,” he added.

EFCC reads riot act to bank heads

In the meantime, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, has warned banks against fraudulent election financing, foreign exchange malpractice and money laundering.

Baba gave the warning on Thursday during an interactive session with managing directors of banks at the Lagos Zonal Command of the commission.

According to a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujiaren, the anti-graft agency boss charged the bankers to comply with the guidelines of CBN on the issuance of Personal Travel Allowance, PTA, and Business Travel Allowance, BTA, to their customers.

“You need to ensure full compliance with regard to knowing your customers and ensuring that you do not give opportunities for foreign exchange malpractices,” he said.

Pointing out the salient issues EFCC will tackle, Bawa said, “Some of the issues we have identified include foreign exchange malpractices and fraudulent election financing.”

‘Banks selling to cabals’

The Chairman of BDC Operators, Local Airport, Mr. Danladi Sunday blamed the CBN for the development.

He said while the CBN had directed commercial banks to sell dollars, the banks only supply to “cabals.”

“The stoppage of dollars to bureau de change is the cause of this problem. The CBN said they would be giving to commercial banks and the commercial banks are not selling to everybody, they are only selling to their cabals,” he alleged.

“And once the demand is higher and supply is lower, definitely, the money is going to be high. The solution now is for the CBN to call us back. Once they call us back, the money would come down.”

Trading Desk Manager at AZA Murega Mungai said: “Despite the current weakness, the central bank on Tuesday said it still expects the country’s unofficial and official rates to converge.”

The Naira was trading at 411.30 to the dollar on the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Rate Fixing (NAFEX) window this week. We expect the currency pressure to persist in the coming days as demand for forex continues to outweigh supply.

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