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EFCC Chairman Olukoyede Approves Appointment of Chief of Staff,Zonal Directors



In response to recent developments, Ola Olukoyede, the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has authorized the appointment of Michael Nzekwe as the Chief of Staff within the commission.

In addition, the EFCC chairman has appointed Zonal Directors to supervise operations in each of the 14 Zonal Commands of the commission.

Mr Nzekwe, an investigator, lawyer and former commander of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC, is a course one officer of the commission. He has served in various departments in the commission, including Legal and Prosecution Department, Department of Operations (now Department of Investigations), Department of Internal Affairs (now Department of Ethics and Integrity), Servicom, and Asset Forfeiture Department.

As an administrator, he has attended several trainings and courses home and abroad, including the Advance Defence Intelligence Officers Course organised by Defence Intel Agency, DIA. The appointment takes immediate effect and he has assumed duties.

Mr Olukoyede, in his restructuring and repositioning of the EFCC, equally upgraded all the zonal commands of the commission to the status of departments, with each of them headed by a director. To this effect, 14 new directors have been appointed to head each of the Zonal Commands.

Additionally, to bolster and fortify the security architecture of the commission, the Security Unit of the EFCC has been upgraded to a department with a seasoned officer appointed as Director, Security and Chief Security Officer.

A new department has also been created in the executive chairman’s office and it is headed by former Makurdi Zonal Commander of the EFCC, Friday Ebelo, who also doubles as Director and Coordinator, Special Duties at the corporate headquarters of the Commission. The former Department of Internal Affairs has been renamed Department of Ethics and Integrity and minor reshuffling effected in some departments at the headquarters.

Mr Olukoyede says that the ongoing restructuring is meant for the repositioning and strengthening of the EFCC to deliver on its assigned mandate optimally.