The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that its Executive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has received medical attention after he slumped during a program at the presidential villa, Abuja on Thursday 16th September 2021. The anti-corruption agency affirmed that its Chairman is now hale and hearty and is expected back at his desk.

This disclosure is contained in a statement titled, ‘Bawa is Hale and Hearty,’ issued by EFCC Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, on Thursday in Abuja.

What the EFCC Spokesman is saying

Uwujaren said, “The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes 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 at 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.”

What you should know

Nairametrics had earlier reported that Bawa slumped while delivering a goodwill message at the National Identity Day celebration where he suddenly stopped talking and asked to be excused.

The EFCC boss, who was rushed out, had earlier mentioned that the EFCC was grieving the loss of a colleague.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had in February 2021 named 41-year-old Bawa as the new EFCC chairman to replace Ibrahim Magu, who was suspended and probed alongside others for allegedly mismanaging funds of the commission, an allegation which he vehemently denied.

He graduated from the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (Second Class Upper) in 2001, joined the EFCC as an Assistant Detective Superintendent (ADS) in 2004.

He also holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy which he obtained from the same university in 2012.

This is not the first time a top government official is slumping at a public event. In July 2021, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, slumped at an official event in Bauchi State and was rushed out for medical attention.

Exactly a year before then in July 2020, the acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Kemebradikumo Pondei, fainted during an investigative hearing at the National Assembly.