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BREAKING: Tinubu sacks Owasanoye, appoints Aliyu ICPC chairman

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has relieved Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, of his duty as the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Tinubu directed Owasanoye to proceed on pre-end of tenure leave beginning on November 4, 2023, and  appointed a new management team for the Commission with Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu as the Chairman, pending Senate’s confirmation.

The appointment was conveyed through a statement issued by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale.

According to the statement, Mr. Clifford Okwudiri Oparaodu has been appointed as the Secretary of the Commission.

The statement reads: “In exercise of powers conferred on the President as established in Section 3(6) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and in furtherance of the Renewed Hope mandate to reform key institutions and invigorate Nigeria’s war on corruption, President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of a new management team for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), pending Senate confirmation:

“Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu as Chairman / Chief Executive Officer, ICPC; and Mr. Clifford Okwudiri Oparaodu as Secretary to the Commission, ICPC.

“The new Chairman of the ICPC is nominated for confirmation by the Nigerian Senate, following the President’s approval of the outgoing Chairman’s request to proceed on pre-end of tenure leave beginning on November 4, 2023, ahead of the expiration of his tenure on February 3, 2024.

“The position of Secretary to the Commission does not require Senate confirmation and, therefore, by the directive of the President, the appointment of Mr. Clifford Okwudiri Oparaodu as Secretary of the Commission takes immediate effect.

“Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu has embarked upon many far-reaching reforms as the Attorney General of Jigawa State since September 2019 and holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Law. He was also named as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria-designate in October 2023.

“Mr. Clifford Okwudiri Oparaodu is a lawyer with over 30 years of experience and has served meritoriously in the public service as a Member of the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission and Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of Port Harcourt City Local Government Council.

“The President implores the new management team of the ICPC to always be above board as they discharge their duties without fear or favour concerning all matters before them.”

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