President Tinubu Appoints Redeem Christian Church of God Pastor EFCC Chairman

Ola Olukoyede

President Bola Tinubu has created record by appointing a pastor and a southerner, Ola Olukoyede to head the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as the executive chairman of the anti corruption agency.

Olukoyode’s appointment, pending confirmation by the senate, was announced on Thursday in a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, special adviser to the president on media and publicity.

Olukoyede is not new to the agency. He served as the commission’s secretary between 2018 and 2023. He also served as chief of staff to Ibrahim Magu, ex-EFCC chair, between 2016 and 2018.

Ekiti born Olukoyede is a lawyer with over 22 years of experience as a regulatory compliance consultant and specialist in fraud management and corporate intelligence. The 54-year-old is a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

All EFCC chairpersons before Olukoyode — Nuhu Ribadu, Farida Waziri, Ibrahim Lamorde, Abdulrasheed Bawa — were northern Muslims, which makes him the first southerner and Christian, a pastor at that, to lead the agency.

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