Senate suspends confirmation of Olanipekun Olukoyede as Secretary to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

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The Senate on Tuesday suspended the confirmation of Olanipekun Olukoyede as Secretary to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This followed Sen. Isah Misau’s (APC-Bauchi) objection to the report of the Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes on the screening at plenary.

Misau, who is a member of the committee, stated that he did not append his signature to clear the nominee for confirmation.

He claimed he was not invited to the screening exercise; hence it was wrong for the clerk of the committee to release a report not consented to by all committee members.

Sen. Chukwuka Utazi, the Chairman of the Committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes, had while presenting the committee’s report, said Misau was invited to the screening.

Utazi said the nominee had the required educational qualification and other requirements, stressing that there was no objection to his nomination from any quarter.

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, suggested that the confirmation be suspended till Wednesday to enable all members of the committee to meet on the matter again.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in an executive communication, dated Sept. 10, forwarded the name of the nominee, who hails from Ekiti State, for confirmation.

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