Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said that as he stepped up his anti-corruption campaign, he has been receiving death threats from prominent Nigerians. Bawa said on the channel TV program “Sunrise Daily” on Tuesday that he was in New York last week and a very elderly citizen received a call from a person who was not even under investigation.

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He said what the caller said to him on phone was that he was going to kill the EFCC chairman.

According to Bawa: “He said, ‘I am going to kill him. I am going to kill him’. This is to tell you how bad it is. It is actually real. Corruption can fight back.”

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He said that in addition to this, he has received other death threats from Nigerian acquaintances who are under investigation. Bawa promised that EFCC will tame the country’s corrupt monsters and will not be moved by these threats.

He lamented that there are elements of graft everywhere, but said “I am very optimistic we will succeed in taming the monster of corruption in this country.’

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Bawa stated that Nigeria is a very religious country and that was why one of the issues that “we do in public enlightenment is to engage with leaders of religious bodies.