Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Ola Olukoyede to succeed Bawa as the EFCC chairman, following Bawa’s suspension on June 14, 2023.
On Thursday, Presidential spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale issued a statement, clarifying that Olukoyede’s appointment is solely for a renewable term of four years in the first stance which is pending confirmation from the senate.
Ajuri Ngelale emphasized that the President’s authority to appoint Olukoyede as the new EFCC chairman is derived from section 2(3) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004.
Recall that when Abdulrasheed Bawa was suspended over allegations of office misconduct, the President instructed Abdulkarim Chukkol, the Director of Operations at the Commission, to assume the role of acting EFCC chairman.
In addition, the presidential spokesperson, Ngelale Ajuri, stated, that “Mr Ola Olukoyede is a lawyer with over twenty-two (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 fulfils the statutory requirement for appointment as Chairman of the EFCC.”
The Department of State Security (DSS) is actively investigating allegations against Abdulrasheed Bawa, which include abuse of power and other related offences