Tinubu appoints new EFCC chairman, secretary

* Anti-corruption sector remains central pillar of Renewed Hope agenda

By Nudoiba Ojen

President BolaTinubu has approved the appointment of Mr Ola Olukoyede as the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The appointment of Olukoyede, a former Secretary to the commission, is “for a renewable term of four years in the first instance, pending Senate confirmation”.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity,
Chief Ajuri Ngelale, made the disclosure, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

Ngelale said, “Mr Ola Olukoyede is a lawyer with over 22 years of experience as a regulatory compliance consultant and specialist in fraud management and corporate intelligence.

“He has extensive experience in the operations of the EFCC, having previously served as Chief of Staff to the Executive Chairman (2016-2018) and Secretary to the Commission (2018-2023). As such, he fulfills the statutory requirement for appointment as Chairman of the EFCC.

Mr. Olukoyede’s appointment follows the resignation of the suspended Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa.

“Furthermore, President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mr Muhammad Hassan Hammajoda to serve as the Secretary of the EFCC for a renewable term of five years in the first instance, pending Senate confirmation.

“Mr Muhammad Hassan Hammajoda is a public administrator with extensive experience in public finance management who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maiduguri and a Masters in Business Administration from the same university.

“He began his career as a lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi. From there, he went into banking, including successful stints at the defunct Allied Bank and Standard Trust Bank.

“President Tinubu tasks the new leadership of the EFCC to justify the confidence given to them in this important national assignment as a newly invigorated war on corruption undertaken through a reformed institutional architecture in the anti-corruption sector remains a central pillar of the President’s Renewed Hope agenda,” Ngelale stated.

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