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What Tinubu told me before my appointment – EFCC Chairman


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Ola Olukoyede, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), revealed in Ilorin on Friday that President Bola Tinubu warned him that he was about to embark on a risky job.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, at his palace, the EFCC boss said, “During my screening at the Senate, I told the entire nation that I am going to face a three-point agenda, and I want to assure your royal highness that with these points, the EFCC will continue to serve the nation better without any intimidation or course to affect the operation of any legitimate business.

“Before I was appointed the EFCC Chairman, President Tinubu told me that this appointment that I was about to take was one of the riskiest jobs that anybody can take.

“I replied to him that it wouldn’t be hard because I am going to be guided by the rules of law and ethics of the profession.” He added.

In his response, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman of the Kwara State Council of Chiefs assured the management of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of his unwavering support towards achieving its core mandate of fighting crimes and criminality in the state.

The Emir stressed that since the establishment of the anti-graft agency, he has never pleaded on behalf of anyone who has violated the law of the land, saying, “This is because I cannot say the government is wrong for doing the right thing in society.

“Ilorin Emirate is peaceful, and you will discover that most people who carry out criminal acts are always outsiders, and unfortunately, the people of Ilorin always end up being their landlords. Ilorin Emirate is the gateway between the North and the South, and I am the gatekeeper.”

He also chronicled some of his experiences while in the civil service as the acting Director of Public Prosecution in the old Gongola State, stressing that a leader should not commit mistakes that are significant in the course of carrying out his/her duties.

The Emir, however, advised Ola Olukoyede to remain focused and uphold the rule of law in the discharge of his duties, as he promised during his screening at the Senate, and prayed for his success in office.

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