Abdulrasheed Bawa, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, announced on Tuesday that the commission would begin requesting bankers’ asset declaration forms on June 1.
He noted that the decision was taken in compliance with the Bank Employees Declaration of Asset Act.
After a meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, Bawa revealed this in an interview with State House correspondents (retd.).
The EFCC chief said that he is working hard to create a new commission that will treat cases differently.
He said that he would do everything in his power to keep Nigeria free of financial crimes.
“We recognize that at the end of a financial fraud, the perpetrator wants access to the assets that he or she has illegitimately acquired,” he said, “and we are concerned about financial institutions’ roles.”
“We’ve talked about it, but we’re hoping that all financial institutions, particularly bankers, will declare their assets as required by law, in accordance with the Bank Employees Asset Declaration Act.
“Come June 1, 2021, the EFCC will demand these asset declaration forms, filled out by bankers, to ensure that the line we’ve drawn from June 1 is truly followed by bankers in particular.”