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President Bola Tinubu Appoints Olanipekun Olukoyede as EFCC Chairman: Controversy Ensues

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

Controversial Departures Lead to New Beginnings

After Abdulrasheed Bawa’s resignation as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulkarim Chukkol stepped in to fill the role. Now, President Bola Tinubu has chosen Olanipekun Olukoyede, a lawyer with over 22 years of experience in fraud management and regulatory compliance, as the new EFCC Chairman.

Olukoyede’s History with EFCC

Olukoyede is no stranger to the EFCC. He served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman from 2016 to 2018 and then as Secretary to the Commission from 2018 to 2023.

Other Noteworthy Appointments

Muhammad Hassan Hammajoda will step into the role of Secretary of the Commission, pending Senate confirmation. Many believe these leadership changes will strengthen the fight against corruption, reflecting President Tinubu’s “Renewed Hope” agenda.

Eligibility Concerns Arise

However, Olukoyede’s appointment has sparked debate. The EFCC Act requires the chairman to have a minimum of 15 years of experience in a government security or law enforcement agency. Olukoyede’s first engagement with such an agency started only in 2016 with the EFCC.

Daniel Bwala, an Abuja-based lawyer and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), labeled the appointment as “unlawful.” He claims Olukoyede’s tenure at the EFCC doesn’t match the stipulated requirements.


Allegations of Ethnic Favoritism

The Arewa Youth Forum has also expressed concerns, suggesting President Tinubu favors the Yoruba ethnicity in federal appointments. The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) echoed these concerns, highlighting potential breaches of federal character principles.


Detention of Bawa Raises Eyebrows

Rumors suggest that President Tinubu may have strategically detained former EFCC chairman, Bawa, to pave the way for Olukoyede’s appointment.


Presidential Spokesperson Defends Decision

Ajuri Ngelale, speaking on behalf of the President, highlighted Olukoyede’s qualifications. He argued that Olukoyede’s previous role as Secretary to the EFCC qualifies him as a member of a law enforcement organization.


Anthony Idoko, a distinguished Solicitor of the Supreme Court, also vouched for Olukoyede. He emphasized that a probe by the Salami panel cleared Olukoyede of any allegations and that he brings significant expertise to his role.

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