Ola Olukoyede. | Photo: Channelstv
Olukoyede is a lawyer with over 22 years of experience as a regulatory compliance consultant and specialist in fraud management and corporate intelligence
By Akin Muyiwa
Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu has appointed Ola Olukoyede as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Olukoyede succeeded the suspended Abdulrasheed Bawa.
Presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, announced this in a statement made available to Channelstv on Thursday.
Ngelale explained that Olukoyede’s appointment was for a renewable term of four years in the first instance, pending Senate’s confirmation.
Recall that the leadership of the country’s anti-graft agency has experienced shakeup in the last few months since the assumption of President on May 29, 2023.
On June 14, 2023, the President suspended Abdulrasheed Bawa indefinitely as the anti-graft agency boss.
Bawa was suspended “to allow for proper investigation into his conduct while in office”.
The action followed “weighty” allegations of abuse of office levelled against him.
The President subsequently directed the Director of Operations at the Commission, Abdulkarim Chukkol, to step in as acting EFCC chair, while the Department of State Services (DSS) took Bawa into custody.
But, with Thursday’s appointment, Olukoyede becomes the new helmsman of the commission.
Olukoyede is a lawyer with over 22 years of experience as a regulatory compliance consultant and specialist in fraud management and corporate intelligence.