UPDATED: Senate confirms Olukoyede, Shehu, Hammajoda appointments


The Senate has confirmed the nominations of Mr. Ola Olukoyede, Halima Shehu and Muhammd Hammajoda.

President Bola Tinubu had nominated Olukoyede as the chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Shehu as the national coordinator, National Social Investment Programme Agency, and Muhammd Hammajoda as the new secretary of the nation’s anti-graft agency.

The appointees were confirmed in the upper chamber on Wednesday, October 18.

The request for confirmation by Tinubu was conveyed in a letter sent to the Senate and read during Tuesday’s plenary session by the Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau.

Tinubu had, on Thursday, October 12, approved the appointment of Olukoyede to serve as the Executive Chairman of the commission and Hammajoda as Secretary, for a renewable term of four years in the first instance, pending Senate’s confirmation.

Olukoyede’s appointment came nearly four months after Tinubu suspended the former chairman of the anti-graft agency chief, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa.

The new EFCC boss is a lawyer with over 22 years of experience as a regulatory compliance consultant and specialist in fraud management and corporate intelligence.

He previously served as the Chief of Staff to erstwhile EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, from 2016-2018, before his promotion to the role of the commission’s Secretary between 2018 and 2023.

The 54-year-old Ikere-Ekiti native served as a member of the Fraud Advisory Panel, United Kingdom.

Shehu, a graduate of English Language from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, is a former National Coordinator, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme.

The Katsina-born former banker worked in the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, from 2017 to 2022, where she employed her banking and career expertise to see to the digitalisation of the programme – a move she described as her biggest achievement.


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