The appointment of Mr Ola Olukoyede as Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Chairman by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been described as unlawful and illegal.
Daniel Bwala, an aide to Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP said the appointment runs foul of the provisions of Section 2 of the EFCC ACT which requires that the person to be appointed as EFCC Chairman must amongst other things have;
1. Been a serving or retired member of any security or law enforcement agency,
2. Must have 15 years cognate experience of law enforcement, and
3. Must not be below the rank of assistant commissioner of police.
DopeReporters noted that according to Barrister Bwala, Ola Olukayode is a private legal practitioner and has never worked or belonged to any security or law enforcement agency as a member.
He does not have 15 years cognate experience as a law enforcement officer and his private legal practice years cannot be equated to the rank in law enforcement.
Bwala noted that not enough attending seminal courses as a private legal practitioner can equate to 15 years cognate experience contemplated by section 2 of the Act
Bwala said the new EFCC boss only has a stint as Chief of Staff to former EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu and later became a Secretary to the commission, all of which lasted for less than 6 years.
Barrister Bwala added that government never ceases to amaze Nigerians. “Who knows, maybe he is being appointed for a mission. God help NIgeria”
President Bola Tinubu on Thursday approved the appointment of Mr. Ola Olukoyede as the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for a renewable term of four years in the first instance, pending Senate confirmation.
This comes nearly four months after Tinubu suspended the former chairman of the anti-graft agency chief, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa.