BREAKING: Tinubu's EFCC Nominees Faces Senate Scrutiny - The Top Society

BREAKING: Tinubu’s EFCC Nominees Faces Senate Scrutiny

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EFCC: President Bola Tinubu’s nominees, Ola Olukoyede and Muhammad Hammajoda, have made their way to the Senate for the critical screening and confirmation process. These nominees were appointed by President Tinubu on October 12, 2023, to assume the positions of Chairman and Secretary, respectively, at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC has recently undergone significant leadership changes, starting with the indefinite suspension of former EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, on June 14, 2023. The suspension stemmed from serious allegations of misconduct during his tenure. Following this, Abdulkarim Chukkol, the Director of Operations, stepped in as the acting EFCC chair, while Bawa was taken into custody by the Department of State Services (DSS).

With the latest appointments, Olukoyede, a seasoned lawyer and former Chief of Staff and Secretary to the EFCC Chairman, assumes the helm at the commission.

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Ola Olukoyede

Presidential spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale clarified that Olukoyede’s appointment is initially for a renewable four-year term, pending Senate confirmation.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Hammajoda has been appointed as the Secretary of the commission  for a renewable term of five years, also pending Senate confirmation.

Read also: Tinubu urges Senate to confirm new EFCC leaders

Criticism has emerged regarding Olukoyede’s suitability for the role, with concerns raised about his lack of experience as an Assistant Commissioner of Police, a prerequisite deemed essential for leading the nation’s premier anti-graft agency.

However, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Femi Falana has supported Olukoyede’s qualifications, highlighting his extensive 22-year track record and prior roles within the EFCC.

The issue of regional representation has also surfaced, with Falana advocating for a balanced distribution of leadership positions between the northern and southern regions.

With Olukoyede hailing from the South-West, the recent appointment of Dr Musa Aliyu, a northerner and Jigawa State’s Attorney General, as the new Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), serves as a step towards geographical parity in anti-corruption agencies.

The Senate’s scrutiny and confirmation of these nominees are expected to shed light on the direction of the nation’s anti-corruption efforts under the new leadership, amid calls for transparency and accountability in governance.

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