Newly appointed Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa has been reportedly promoted to level 14 ahead of his appearance before the Senate for his screening.
The new promotion puts him on the rank of Chief Detective Superintendent which is a major requirement for the appointment of an EFCC boss according to Section 2 of the EFCC Act.
The act states that a person who will be appointed as chairman of the commission must have at least 15 years of experience and must be the rank of an Assistant Commissioner of Police or its equivalent.
However, Bawa, who was last week appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to replace Ibrahim Magu was on Grade Level 13 and a Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent when he was nominated for the post.
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A lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, subsequently filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the Senate confirmation of Bawa.
However, it was learnt that on Friday, Bawa and his course mates were given letters of promotion with immediate effect.
With this move, the coast is now clear for Bawa’s screening and expected confirmation by the Senate.