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After over 100 days, DSS releases Bawa from detention


After over 100 days, DSS releases Bawa from detention

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Department of State Services has released a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, from detention.

Bawa has been in custody since June when President Bola Tinubu suspended him.

Director of Information at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey,
had said Bawa was suspended as a result of weighty allegations of abuse of office levelled against him.

Former governor of Zamfara State and Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, had accused Bawa of demanding $2 million bribe from him, an allegation which he denied.

Bassey had said Bawa’s suspension was to allow for proper investigation into his conduct while in office.

DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, confirmed Bawa was released on Wednesday.

“DSS confirms release of former EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, a few hours ago (today 25th October, 2023)”
A video of Bawa being welcomed by his wives and children has since gone viral.

It was gathered that top former and serving government functionaries had pleaded with the President to order DSS to release Bawa.

“Yes, he was released today after much pressure from who is who in the society,” one of the security sources, who pleaded anonymity said.

Another source said he was released after the DSS concluded their investigations with him.

Recall that Bawa’s house and office in Abuja were earlier ransacked by the operatives of DSS after which he also celebrated his last Eid-el-kabir in the custody of the secret police.