The Senate on Tuesday suspended confirmation of Barrister Olanipekun Olukoyede as Secretary to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The development followed a report by the Chairman of the Committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, stating that the nominee appeared for screening on 24th October, 2018 and performed satisfactorily.
Utazi stated that the nominee has educational qualifications, and he hailed from Ikere-Ekiti, South-West Nigeria, adding that there was no objection to his nomination from any quarter.
However, Senator Hamman Isah Misau, representing Bauchi Central Senatorial district who is a member of the Committee, objected to the report, stating that he did not append his signature.
He said he was never invited to the screening exercise, adding that the Committee clerk must not release reports that were not consented to by lawmakers.
“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I am a member of this Committee and I was not invited to the screening.
“I am calling on you, Mr. President to step down this confirmation because, I remember I raised objection in one of the meetings and this one is very sensitive.”
Reacting, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki suggested that the confirmation be suspended until when all members would have met on the matter again.
Although the Committee Chairman, Senator Utazi insisted that Isah Misau was invited, Saraki adopted the motion that the confirmation be suspended for Wednesday.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, in an executive communication dated 17th October, 2018, forwarded the Ekiti-born lawyer to the Senate for confirmation.
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