In a decisive move to fortify the nation’s anti-corruption apparatus, President Bola Tinubu has announced the appointment of Mr. Ola Olukoyede as the new Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The announcement came in the wake of the resignation of the suspended Executive Chairman, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa.
Mr. Olukoyede, a seasoned lawyer with more than two decades of experience as a regulatory compliance consultant and specialist in fraud management, is no stranger to the workings of the EFCC.
He had previously served as Chief of Staff to the Executive Chairman from 2016 to 2018 and as Secretary to the Commission from 2018 to 2023.
This extensive experience positions him as a fitting choice for the crucial role of EFCC Chairman.
The appointment, pending Senate confirmation, is for an initial term of four years, reflecting President Tinubu’s commitment to continuity and stability in the leadership of the EFCC.
President Tinubu also announced the appointment of Mr. Muhammad Hassan Hammajoda as the Secretary of the EFCC.
Mr. Hammajoda, a public administrator with a background in public finance management, brings a wealth of experience to the position.
His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maiduguri and a Masters in Business Administration from the same institution.
President Tinubu expressed confidence in the capabilities of the newly appointed officials, emphasizing the significance of their roles in the national fight against corruption.
He urged them to approach their responsibilities with diligence and integrity, underlining the crucial role the EFCC plays in the administration’s Renewed Hope agenda.
In a statement, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, conveyed President Tinubu’s expectations from the newly appointed leaders of the EFCC.
Ngelale emphasized the importance of a reformed institutional architecture in the anti-corruption sector, positioning it as a central pillar of the administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability.
The appointments mark a strategic move by President Tinubu to rejuvenate the EFCC and reinforce the government’s commitment to eradicating corruption at all levels.
As the nation watches, the Senate’s confirmation process will undoubtedly scrutinize the qualifications and track records of the appointees, reflecting the nation’s collective expectation for a robust and efficient anti-corruption crusade under the new leadership.