"Nigeria’s Institutions Have Been Destroyed" — Moghalu Reacts To Bawa 'Arrest'

Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deputy governor, Kingsley Moghalu has said that the “Nigeria’s Institutions have been destroyed”.

VANEDONLINE reports that Moghalu disclosed this while reacting to the recent release of former EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa from the DSS custody without trial.

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It will be recalled that Bawa was arrested few days after President Bola Tinubu swearing-in and was detained for months without being tried in the court

Professor Moghalu, the president of IGetAfrica, via a statement on his official twitter handle, described Bawa unlawful arrest as “dissappinted”.

His statement read,

One day in late 2022 I received a phone call while I was in the United States. I did not recognize the number.

It turned out to be Abdulrashid Bawa, then the Chairman of EFCC. I was naturally curious why the head of EFCC would be calling me. “Good afternoon Sir”, he said, and introduced himself. “My name is Abdulrashid Bawa, Chairman of EFCC. I have just read the report of your think tank (@igetafrica) titled “Nigeria’s Poverty Trap – And How to End It”. Thank you for what you do for our country”. Surprised, I thanked him and we ended the conversation.

I was therefore disappointed and sad when Bawa was removed, arrested and detained for several months without charges or trial. To the extent he has now been released, we have no knowledge of why he was arrested in the first place, or if he was guilty or innocent of any allegation against him. But it should not happen in a country that claims to respect the rule of law that a citizen can be held for so long without any real or clear charges. That’s impunity. Nigeria’s institutions have been destroyed, and what we see is impunity all over. Bad.

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