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Senate confirms Olukoyede as EFCC Chairman, two others

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Amid opposition and objections from some Nigerians, the Nigerian Senate has confirmed Ola Olukoyede as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and Muhammad Hammajoda as secretary of the commission.

The Senate also confirmed Halima Shehu as the national coordinator and chief executive officer of the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA) after screening all nominees on Wednesday.

The confirmation of Olukoyede who served as the secretary of the Commission, and Hammajoda follows a letter from President Tinubu on Tuesday to the Senate urging expeditious confirmation of his appointees.

Tinubu’s appointment has however been kicked against by some groups, alleging it is in breach of the EFCC Establishment Act, 2004. However, the Presidency had insisted that President Tinubu approved Olukoyede’s appointment in line with Section 2(3) of the Act establishing the EFCC.

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During screening and confirmation, Olukoyede noted that financial ctkes have overwhelmed the structures and systems in Nigeria, and vowed to curb it without fear or favor and in line with the provisions of the law.

He also said he would focus on preventing corruption rather than enforcement.