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Appointing EFCC, ICPC Chairman From Same Geopolitical Zone Unlawful –Falana


(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has  stated that the appointment of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission chairman from the same geopolitical area is unlawful and against the Federal Character Principle.

Falana made this known when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Monday.

According to him, if the chairman of the EFCC is from the northern region, then the chairman of the ICPC should be appointed from a different region.

The African Examiner recalls that the recently appointed chairman of EFCC, Ola Olukoyede and the ICPC Chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye are both from the South-West geopolitical zone.

Kicking against Tinubu’s appointment of Olukoyede as EFCC chairman who is also from the South-West just like the current ICPC chairman, Falana said, “There is no issue; the only issue that has been raised has to be considered by the government is that we have in this country, the Federal Character Commission Act and also by the virtue of Section 14 of the constitution, appointments must reflect Federal Character.

If you are going to have the EFCC and the ICPC, the heads cannot come from same zone. If there are two positions in the public service, one must go to the North, and one must go to the South. If there are four, two must go to the South, and two must go to the North. If there are six, one must go to each geopolitical zone. That is the law in Nigeria today.”

Falana disclosed although Olukoyede is very much qualified to head the EFCC, he finds it awkward that the heads of both anti-graft agencies are from the South-West geopolitical zone.

“So, I am not comfortable with the fact that the heads of the EFCC and the ICPC are from the same zone. Apart from that, Mr Ola Olukoyede is eminently qualified to head the EFCC. My colleagues who have criticised the appointment have not looked at the relevant provisions of the EFCC which is Section 2”, he added.

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