The Federal High Court has granted approval for two separate suits that seek the removal of the newly-appointed Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Olanipekun Olukoyede. These suits were brought before the court by legal practitioners, Mr. Stanley Okawara and Mr. Maxwell Opara.
The two suits, marked FHC/KN/CS/280/202 and FHC/ABJ/CS/1410/2023, were filed before the Kano and Abuja divisions of the Federal High Court, respectively.
The plaintiffs have asked the court to determine whether the appointment of Olanipekun Olukoyede as the Chairman of the EFCC is in line with the provisions of the Amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004. They specifically question whether Olukoyede, who is not a serving or retired member of any government security or law enforcement agency not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police or equivalent, is eligible to hold the position of Chairman of the EFCC.
Additionally, the plaintiffs seek an order to set aside and nullify Olanipekun Olukoyede’s appointment as the Chairman of the EFCC, which took place on the 12th day of October 2023.
These legal actions raise questions about the appointment and eligibility of the new Chairman of the EFCC and will be considered by the Federal High Court in the Kano and Abuja divisions. The outcomes of these suits will have implications for the leadership of the EFCC and its operations.
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