I get death threats, says EFCC chair

With the cooperation of all, the anti-graft war is winnable, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said.

He, however admitted that corruption is fighting back, alleging that he has been getting death threats.

According to him, he got to know last week that someone was threatening to kill him.

He however said the war against corruption is winnable because the social malaise can be tamed, stating that between 90 and 100 per cent of looted funds end up being laundered through real estate.

Bawa made the disclosures while appearing on the Sunrise Daily programne on Channels Television.

The EFCC boss said: “Last week, I was in New York, as all Nigerians are aware of. A very senior citizen received a phone call from somebody that is not even under investigation.

“What he (the caller) said to him on phone is that; he is going to kill the EFCC chairman, the young man. He said, ‘I am going to kill him. I am going to kill him’. This is to tell you how bad it is. It is actually real. Corruption can fight back.”

When further asked if he meant he has been receiving death threats, the EFCC chairman said, “Yes”.

Bawa claimed that proceeds of corruption were being laundered through real estate.

He added: “One of the problems we have in this country now is the real estate. 90 to 100 per cent of the resources are being laundered through real estate.

“Although they are being regulated, that is not enough in terms of how they make their returns to the special control unit against money laundering.

Adeola Abejide

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