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Protesters storm National Assembly, oppose EFCC Chairman’s confirmation
 
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Wed, 18 Oct 2023   ||   Nigeria,
 

The Senate had on Tuesday received a correspondence from President Bola Tinubu, formally requesting the confirmation of Ola Olukoyede as the Chairman and Muhammad Hammajoda as the Secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The President’s letter was read at the plenary on Tuesday by the Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau.

The Presidency had last week announced Tinubu’s decision to appoint Olukoyede as the EFCC Chairman and Hammajoda as Secretary.

The appointment came nearly four months after Tinubu suspended the former EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa.

According to 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.”

Meanwhile, members of the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, on Tuesday, stormed the premises of the National Assembly to kick against the choice of Olukoyede as the next EFCC chairman.

The group’s National Secretary, Adebayo Ogorry, during the protest, 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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