👤 Danjuma Aliyu, DENISAURUS News
Despite grumbling from staff members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Nigerian Senate has confirmed Olanikekun Olukoyede as the new Secretary of the Commission.
This paper had officially seen a petition submitted against Mr Olukoyede and had requested that the Senate should reject President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination as they had also done with Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, a police officer described as a perennial offender by the Department of State Security Services, DSS.
DENISAURUS News made the warning to the arm of government required to screen nominations from the Presidency based on many conversations its reporters had with staffers of the agency.
Staff who have in the past revealed information on internal corruption at the anti-graft agency have been persecuted by their boss, DENISAURUS News has exclusively reported in the past.
Those who spoke to this paper for almost three years, state that Mr Olukoyede, a close associate of Mr Magu, who failed twice to be appointed as chairman of the EFCC, would increase the injustice being meted at them.
Mr Magu who failed to secure the nomination as fourth chairman of the anti corruption Commission based on allegation reported in this paper against him from his surbonidate, is still reeling and has continued to victimise many of them.
Mr Magu tried everything possible – including using marabouts, so as to become the Chief Executive of the EFCC but his nomination was rejected by the Senate led by Bukola Saraki.
Mr Olukoyede, who was recommended to Mr Magu by Yemi Osibanjo, the Vice President was the first to take Mr Magu on a visit to Guru Maharaj Ji.
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Staff who say he should not be confirmed have sent several petition to Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and President Muhammadu Buhari about internal corruption at the agency, however the 75-year who promised to kill all form of economic crimes has remained silent.
EFCC staff who feel beaten jubilated when Chile OKOROMA was made the Acting Secretary of the anti-graft agency.
They stated that a legal luminary like Mr Okoroma had what it takes to remain in the post.
The receipt of the petition of the staff which was submitted to the National Assembly was later confirmed by some lawmakers who objected to the confirmation which is based on Act that Professor Osinbajo claims was not needed.
A member of the committee, Isah Misau (PDP-Bauchi), among the lawmakers who objected, noted on the floor of the red chamber that only three out of eight members of the committee signed the endorsement page of a report to confirm Mr Olukoyede.
The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial Distirct made a similar allegation.
However, it was discovered that even though the Anti-Corruption and Financial Crime Committee did not meet with all its members, the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, who is currently fighting charges of false asset declaration might have arm twisted chairman of the panel Chukwuka Utazi, to allow Mr Olukoyede escape probe.
Sources say Mr Ekweremadu is considering moving to the ruling All Progressives Congress in order to stop the case against him.
If the Deputy Senate President moves from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC, it is not certain if he will be get the ticket for the party as the ruling party has submitted a candidate to stand against him in the 2019 election- and the date for substituting candidate has gone past.