Page 36 has gathered that there is a massive-shake up looming in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Commission by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This came as 850 Police Officers seconded to the anti-graft Commission, may likely go back to the Nigeria Police Force.
Checks showed that the likelihood of redeploying the Police Personnel is giving them jitters, as many of them are afraid of being taken out of the “lucrative” posting.
However, sources said that whether or not the Police Personnel would be retained, would be determined by Bawa, after the Senate has confirmed his appointment as the new EFCC Chairman.
Bawa, who was nominated by the President on February 16, is one of the pioneers of the EFCC Academy, and the first non-Police Officer picked to head the Commission, since its inception in 2003.
He is said to have been put under pressure by the EFCC Operatives who are agitating that the Police Personnel should leave the Commission for its Trained Officers.
“The Inspector-General of Police had complained loudly about the shortage of Personnel for Police duties. So, this is an opportunity to release his Personnel who are not performing core security duties back to Force, to reinforce it to perform its core function of protecting the citizenry from violent criminals that have virtually taken over our country”, an EFCC Operative revealed.
Investigations showed that Bawa may cave in to the demand of his colleagues who had a running battle with the Police Personnel, while the Commission was under the Leadership of the Police.
The Commission had over the years, relied on seconded staff from Ministries, Police, and other Agencies.
Presently, the staff strength of the EFCC is 2,220, spread across different Departments out of which about 850 are Police Officers.
The former Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, had in one of his budget defences, lamented on poor funding that prevented the Commission from recruiting 750 additional staff.
It was gathered that the recruitment was carried out, but did not meet the target number as envisaged.
A Police source disclosed that Bawa would determine whether or not to work with the Police, or reduce the number.
“It is not the responsibility of the Police to determine that. The new Chairman when cleared by the Senate, and he resumes, will make a decision on that.
“He may decide to rely on EFCC Operatives, or reduce the number of Police Officers”, the source said.