JUST IN: Controversy Erupts as New EFCC Chairman’s Appointment Challenged by Group

The Centre for Democracy and Human Rights have stormed the National Assembly in Abuja on Tuesday, demanding the removal of the newly-appointed Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede.

The group claims that Olukoyede lack of qualifications for the position. The group’s National Secretary, Adebayo Ogorry, urged Senate President Godswill Akpabio to sack Olukoyede, claiming that President Bola Tinubu violated laws in appointing him….CONTINUE READING HERE

Ogorry said, “We draw the Senate’s attention to the gross violation of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004 by President Bola Tinubu in appointing Mr Ola Olukoyede as Chairman of the Commission on Thursday, October 12, 2023.”

He emphasized the importance of adhering to the law and preventing seeing a wrong precedent. Ogorry emphasized that the stipulations in the law ensures who ever heads the organization has relevant experience in enforcing EFCC laws.

The EFCC Establishment Act, 2004, specifies that the qualifications for the EFCC chairman, “shall be a serving or retired member of any government security or law enforcement agency not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police or equivalent; and possess not less than 15 years cognate experience.”

Newshawkng.com reported that Olukoyede was appointed by President Bola Tinubu last week. According to the presidency he has the cognate experience to be appointed into the position of the chairman of the EFCC.

Olukoyede, born on October 14, 1969, in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State, had his education at Lagos State University, University of Lagos, Institute of Arbitration, France, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Executive Education.

He is a lawyer with 22 years of experience and served in the EFCC since 2015 as Chief of Staff and later as Secretary. He was also a member of the Federal Government Technical Committee on the Repositioning of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit….CONTINUE READING HERE