President Bola Tinubu suspended Abdul Rasheed Bawa, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Wednesday night to allow for a comprehensive investigation into allegations of abuse of authority made by various anti-corruption stakeholders.
In response, Mohammed Umar Abba, the agency’s Director of Operations, assumed control of Bawa’s duties and was instructed to take over immediately. He will oversee the operations of the EFCC Chairman’s office.
Here are six key details about Mohammed Umar Abba, the interim EFCC chairman:
1. Mohammed Umar Abba was born on June 22, 1965, in Tudunwada Local Government Area, Kano State.
2. Abba obtained his bachelor’s degree from Bayero University in Kano. Following his one-year national service in the former Anambra State Police Command, he joined the Nigeria Police Force. He was commissioned by the Nigeria Police Academy in Kaduna State in 1992.
3. In January 2016, CP Abba joined the Commission and was assigned to lead the Counterterrorism and General Investigations (CTGI) Section at the headquarters in Abuja, having been seconded by the police.
4. He was appointed as the Director of Operations of the Commission in 2017.
5. Abba was promoted to the position of Commissioner of Police in 2019.
6. When the previous chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was suspended on July 9, 2020, Abba, the most senior operational official, assumed the role of Acting Chairman for the Commission.
In conclusion, Mohammed Umar Abba’s experience and dedication make him a capable interim EFCC chairman, stepping into the role with a commitment to upholding the commission’s mission of fighting corruption. As the investigation unfolds, his leadership will play a crucial role in ensuring transparency and restoring public trust in the organization.