President Bola Tinubu is set to appoint Olanipekun Olukoyede as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Olukoyede, who is a lawyer and also a secretary under EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu for two years.
Magu and Olukoyede was Suspended from office in 2020.
Before his role as secretary, Olukoyede was Magu’s chief of staff.
His appointment, which requires Senate confirmation, is expected to be announced “very soon,” according to sources familiar with the development.
Olukoyede’s nomination is said to be controversial because he has no experience in law enforcement or investigation. He is also seen as being too close to Magu, who was himself a controversial figure.
However, Olukoyede’s supporters say he is a qualified lawyer with experience in compliance management, corporate intelligence, and fraud management, Premium Times reports. He is also said to be a certified fraud examiner.
If the Senate confirms his nomination, Olukoyede will be the first Nigerian from the South to lead the EFCC.