The Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, was rushed out of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, after he slumped at a programme.
Bawa was giving his goodwill message at the National Identity Day celebration when he suddenly stopped speaking and was seen motionless..
He was speaking about a man the commission arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State, with 116 SIM cards when the incident happened. He was later assisted to his seat by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, and other senior officials at the event
As soon as he took the podium, he said his address would have been a long one given the importance of National Digital Identity but he would cut it short because of the death of a senior EFCC staff in Ibadan.
He said he would be heading to Ibadan immediately after the event in Abuja.
Bawa began by saying National Identity was “significant for instance there was a young man arrested in Ibadan with 116 SIM cards…”
At this point, Bawa became emotional and sobbed before stating “let me stop here”.
On descending from the podium, he broke down and was rushed out of the auditorium.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Pantami and other dignitaries stopped the event and rushed to assist him.
The Master of ceremony at the event later announced that “the EFCC Chairman has stabilised and he is doing ok “.