President Bola Tinubu has dismissed Bolaji Owasanoye from his role as chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). In his place, the President has appointed Musa Adamu Aliyu, former Attorney-General of Jigawa State, to lead the anti-graft agency.
According to a statement by presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale, the appointment of the new ICPC chairman and management is awaiting Senate confirmation. Ngelale explained, “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.”
He further mentioned that the outgoing Chairman’s request for pre-end of tenure leave starting from November 4, 2023, has been endorsed by the President, in view of the expiration of his tenure on February 3, 2024.
Ngelale clarified that the position of Secretary to the Commission does not necessitate Senate confirmation, and therefore, the appointment of Clifford Okwudiri Oparaodu as Secretary takes immediate effect.
He highlighted Aliyu’s significant reforms as the Attorney General of Jigawa State since September 2019 and noted his extensive legal background with Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in Law. Aliyu was also designated as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in October 2023.
Regarding Oparaodu, Ngelale pointed out his extensive 30-year legal experience and commendable service in the public sector, including roles in the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission and as Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of Port Harcourt City Local Government Council.
The President urged the new ICPC management team to maintain high ethical standards and impartiality in handling all matters within their purview.