Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, said high profile Nigerians have been sending death threats to him since he was appointed to head the anti-crime agency.
Bawa revealed this, yesterday while speaking on a national television programme monitored by Cornerstonenews.
He said while he was in New York, last week, a very senior citizen told him that he received a phone call from somebody who threatened “to kill the EFCC chairman.”
Bawa said: “This is to tell you how bad it is. It is actually real. Corruption can fight back.”
He said he had received several other death threats from high profile Nigerians who are currently under investigation for economic and financial crime-related offences.
The EFCC boss, however, assured that the commission would fight corruption in the country despite the threats to his life.
“I am very optimistic we will succeed in taming the monster of corruption in this country,”
He described Nigeria as a very religious country and noted that his commission would continue to embark on public enlightenment and engage the leaders of religious bodies on the ills of corruption.
“We are soon going to launch our interface with the Christian and Islamic communities to engage them on the ills of corruption.”