Group rejects EFCC boss, Olukoyede’s confirmation

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A group of protesters Tuesday stormed the premises of the National Assembly to kick against President Tinubu’s choice of Ola Olukoyede as the next Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC chairman.

According to reports, the protesters were members of the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights who are arguing that the Presidents’ choice of Olukoyede for position of the EFCC boss nearly four months after he suspended the former EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa is unconstitutional.

Last week, the president announced his decision to appoint Ola Olukoyede as substantive Chairman of the EFCC and Muhammad Hammajoda as Secretary.

Furthermore, the President Tuesday, reportedly sent a letter to the national assembly seeking the lawmakers to confirm both shortlisted appointees.

While the President’s letter was read at the plenary on Tuesday by the Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau, a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, “Mr Olukoyede’s appointment followed the resignation of the suspended Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa.”

During the protest, the group’s National Secretary, Adebayo Ogorry, alleged that the choice of Olukoyede contravened the extant laws guiding the appointment of the EFCC chairman.

Ogorry said, “The action of President Tinubu in making the appointment of Mr Olukoyede into such a high office with enormous responsibility as the Chairman of the EFCC in flagrant breach of the provisions of the laws of the parliament is contrary to the oath he took on May 29, 2023 to protect and defend the laws of the nation.”

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