Olukoyede appoints new members and starts reorganizing the EFCC

Ola Olukoyede, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (), has started to reorganize the anti-graft organization.

Michael Nzekwe was named Chief of Staff by Olukoyede.

In addition, he designated zonal directors for each of the commission's fourteen zone commands.

Nzekwe is a course-one officer of the commission and an excellent investigator, attorney, and former commander of the EFCC's Ilorin Zonal Command, according to a statement on the organization's website.

He has worked for the Commission in a number of departments, including Servicom, the Department of Asset Forfeiture, the Department of Internal Affairs (now the Department of Ethics and Integrity), the Department of Operations (now the Department of Investigations), and the Legal and Prosecution Department.

An experienced administrator, he has participated in numerous domestic and international training programs, such as the Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) Advance Defense Intelligence Officers Course. His appointment is effective immediately, and he has started working.

“All of the Commission's zonal commands were elevated to the rank of departments under Olukoyede's reorganization and realignment of the EFCC, and each department was led by a director. To that end, each of the Zonal Commands now has 14 new directors leading them.

The EFCC Security Unit has also been elevated to a department with a seasoned official appointed as Director, Security and Chief Security official in order to strengthen and fortify the Commission's security architecture.

“A new department has also been established in the Executive Chairman's office, and it is led by Mr. Friday Ebelo, a former Makurdi Zonal Commander of the EFCC who also serves as the Director and Coordinator of Special Duties at the Commission's corporate headquarters.

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There have been some modest departmental reorganizations at the headquarters, with the Department of Ethics and Integrity replacing the previous Department of Internal Affairs.

“The establishment of a new department to oversee the EFCC's preventive role is a significant aspect of the reorganization.

In an unprecedented step, Olukoyede established the Risk Assessment and Control Department to manage this crucial Commission task. The department has started working, and in a short while, its effects will be felt more widely across the nation.

“According to Olukoyede, the current reorganization is intended to strengthen and realign the EFCC in order to best fulfill its mandate,”

 

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