Buhari names Abang Ekpungu secretary of first EFCC board

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President Muhammadu Buhari has finally constituted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) board, the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami announced Monday.

This is coming about six years after the nation’s flagship anti-corruption organisation has operated without a board.

Before the appointment of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, EFCC also operated without a substantive chairman for almost six years.

Umar Gwandu, spokesperson for the AGF said in a statement Monday that George Abang Ekpungu was named as the secretary of the EFCC’s newly-constituted board.

The panel has five-year tenure, the statement said, adding that Buhari has directed that the names of the nominees be forwarded to the Senate for confirmation.

“President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has appointed George Abang Ekpungu as the Secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The appointment is for a fresh tenure of five years.

“Also appointed as Board Members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are Luqman Muhammad (South South), Anumba Adaeze (South East), Alhaji Kole Raheem Adesina (North Central) and Alhaji Yahaya Muhammad (North East).

 “This appointment was in line with Section 2 (1) and Section 4 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, 2004.

According to the statement EFCC has been operating without Board Members since 2015.

“President Buhari has already directed the forwarding of the names for confirmation of the Senate,” the statement said.

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