Bawa made the revelation when he appeared on Channels TV programme, SUNRISE DAILY on Tuesday.
The 41 years old EFCC boss revealed that his insistence on fighting corruption is causing a threat to his life, explaining that he realized last week that a senior citizen of the country threatened to kill him.
He hinted, ”last week, I was in New York, as all Nigerians are aware of. A very senior citizen received a phone call from somebody that is not even under investigation.
”What he (the caller) said to him on phone is that; he is going to kill the EFCC chairman, the young man. 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.”
He explained that the country was facing a serious problem of diversion of looted funds into real estate, which he noted is posing an hindrance to the actualization of the fight.
He however expressed optimism that he is going to work in tandem with the National Assembly to ensure cases of money laundering and looting is reduced to its barest minimum.
He said, one of the problems we have in this country now is the real estate. 90 to 100 per cent of the resources are being laundered through real estate..
Although they are being regulated, that is not enough in terms of how they make their returns to the special control unit against money laundering.”
”A lot of issues that we can talk all day about but I think this particular area if we get it right, you will see that it will not be fashionable for us to have these grand scale corruption.”
”I am very optimistic we will succeed in taming the monster of corruption in this country. I am very optimistic and with the efforts of the government.
One of the cardinal principles of the President’s administration is to fight corruption and we in the EFCC and other law enforcement agencies saddled with this responsibility, we are doing our best and trying to curtail it.”
Nigeria is a very religious country and that is why one of the issues that we do in public enlightenment is to engage with leaders of religious bodies.”