The nominees of President Bola Tinubu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede; and Secretary to the Commission, Muhammad Hammajoda; are now in the Senate to be screened and confirmed.
The President had on October 12, 2023 appointed Olukoyede and Hammajoda as chair and secretary to the commission pending Senate confirmation.
The leadership of the country’s focal anti-graft agency has experienced shakeup in the last few months since the assumption of President Tinubu on May 29, 2023.
On June 14, 2023, the President suspended Abdulrasheed Bawa indefinitely as the anti-graft agency boss. Bawa was suspended “to allow for proper investigation into his conduct while in office”. The action followed “weighty” allegations of abuse of office levelled against him.
The President subsequently directed the Director of Operations at the Commission, Abdulkarim Chukkol, to step in as acting EFCC chair while the Department of State Services (DSS) took Bawa into custody.
However, with last Thursday’s appointment, Olukoyede becomes the new helmsman of the commission.
Presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, had explained that Olukoyede’s appointment is for a renewable term of four years in the first instance, pending Senate confirmation.
He also said the President appointed Hammajoda to serve as the Secretary of the EFCC for a renewable term of five years in the first instance, pending Senate confirmation.