By “Kanmi AKINLADE, Investigator Correspondent, Northern Zone/
*Bawa being attended to on the floor…
ABUJA- THE rather shocking incident at the Aso villa Thursday, during which the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa slumped while delivering speech at the occasion of the National Identity Day has been blamed on stress occasioned by excess workload. “I think the young man is overworking himself. Within this short period of assumption of office you can see the turn of events at the Commission. He is virtually moving round the entire globe calling for joint synergy in the fight against corruption and corrupt practices,” chorused participants.
Bawa had slumped at the occasion and was rushed to an undisclosed hospital for immediate medical attention; thus throwing a momentary spanner into the program. Sources at the State House said the EFCC chief was giving his goodwill message at the National Identity Day celebration when he suddenly stopped speaking, wiped his face repeatedly and made for his seat only to slump afterward.
According to information pieced together, Bawa was speaking about a suspect the commission arrested in Ibadan, Oyo state, with 116 SIM cards and could barely pronounce his name when he started gasping for breath and had to gently leave the podium. It is however, certain whether the young EFCC helmsman had be nursing an undisclosed internal ailment but a statement from the Head, Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujarern made available to CrimeWorld magazine online said his boss was hale and hearty and would soon be back on seat.
He said, “The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawais 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. ”
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