Buhari appoints new EFCC Secretary, board members

Buhari appoints new EFCC Secretary, board members

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr George Ekpungu as the secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This pronouncement by Buhari was contained in a statement issued on Monday, June 21, by Dr Umar Gwandu, the spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

He noted that the appointment by the President was for a fresh tenure of five years.

According to Gwandu, President Buhari also appointed four other persons as Board Members of the anti-graft agency.

They are Luqman Muhammad (South South), Anumba Adaeze (South East), Kola Adesina (North Central), and Yahya Muhammad (North East).

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

He said the EFCC has been operating without board members since 2015 and President Buhari has already directed that the names of the appointees be forwarded to the Senate for confirmation.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, a well-known Islamic preacher, has revealed that bandits are angered by his insistence; on bargaining with the Federal Government without their approval.

Gumi further disclosed that there are 100,000 armed bandits in the North-West alone.

No school could be safe unless the government dealt with the herdsmen, according to the cleric.

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He made this assertion on Monday, June 21, during an interview with The PUNCH on the kidnapped students of Tegina Islamic School in Niger State.

The bandits had demanded N200m from the victims’ parents, which was later reduced to N150m. Gumi said despite efforts to get the pupils out, the bandits were adamant in their financial demand.

He said, “But we are trying to talk sense to them that these are just innocent schoolchildren. We don’t even have any idea of the condition of the children. We are just saying these are young children trying to study and they did nothing; so why are you trying to take dirty money from their families?

“This (kidnap of Islamic pupils) actually proves to the nation that the bandits are not really indoctrinated, they are just looking for money and I think that this is a good prognosis. They are not targeting a religion; they are not ideologues, which are difficult to deal with. We should not forget that they are not educated, formally or informally. They are just going about with cattle, and suddenly they found a lucrative way of finding money.

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