Senate confirms Olukoyede as EFCC Chairman

Senate Confirms Olukoyede as EFCC Chairman

The Senate on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, confirmed the nominations of Mr. Ola Olukoyede and Mr. Muhammad Hammajoda, as the Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and Secretary of the Commission respectively.

Their confirmation came after being screened and allowed to address the upper legislative chamber at plenary.

 

In a statement endorsed by the EFCC Head, Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewala and made available to our correspondent, the new Chairman identified three focal areas and raised three posers as important thrusts of plying his new job.

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The three focal areas are: focus on the mandate of the EFCC, pursuit of transparency and accountability and building the image of Nigeria. To achieve these, he harped on the need for collective responsibility, greater emphasis on preventive frameworks against graft and premium attention on transactional credits.

He also called for greater improvement in the criminal justice system, stressing that, “if we really want to fight corruption, we must encourage our criminal justice system to adjudicate in such a way that, maximum prosecution doesn’t take more than five years. If we make our criminal justice system works, you will see more of what the anti-corruption agencies are doing and it will be better for all of us”.

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The Senate, impressed by the articulation of Olukoyede’s initiatives in driving the anti-corruption war more vibrantly, confirmed his appointment as a substantive Executive Chairman of the EFCC.