Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, on Thursday, said he was dehydrated while delivering his goodwill message at a public function at the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.
Bawa was delivering the keynote address at Aso Villa’s Banquet Hall for the third National Identity Day celebration when he grew disoriented and had to leave the podium before being transported to the hospital.
The EFCC chairman claimed he had to stop speaking when he felt he was no longer comfortable, adding that a doctor advised him he was dehydrated and needed to drink water frequently.
He claimed that after leaving the hospital, he went to his office and cleared his table to relax.
Bawa was speaking about how the commission apprehended a man in Ibadan with 116 SIM cards when he halted, rubbed his eyes and face, swayed a bit on the platform, and ultimately said he’d want to stop there.
Bawa was led out of the hall after the dignitaries at the occasion, including the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, stood up and held him while he sat in his seat.
After the dignitaries returned to the hall without Bawa, the function was paused for about 20 minutes.
Pantami said Bawa was stable during his speech, adding that it could be the hardships of the job because his type of position takes a lot of dedication. The EFCC claimed in a statement later that evening that its chairman is in good health.
Bawa had sought medical attention after becoming ill during the event, according to the report. Mr Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesman for the commission, said Bawa had got medical attention and would be back at his desk soon.