Restructuring: EFCC Chair, Olukoyede Appoints Chief Of Staff, Zonal Directors 

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ola Olukoyede, has named Mr. Michael Nzekwe as his Chief of Staff and appointed Zonal Directors for each of the 14 Zonal Commands of the Commission.

Nzekwe, a distinguished investigator, lawyer, and former Commander of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC, holds the rank of a course one officer within the Commission.

He boasts a wealth of experience having served across various departments, including Legal and Prosecution, Operations (now Investigations), Internal Affairs (now Ethics and Integrity), Servicom, and Asset Forfeiture.

The commission made the announcement in a post on its social media handle on Saturday.

With a rich background in administration, Nzekwe has undergone numerous domestic and international training programs, notably including the Advance Defence Intelligence Officers Course organized by the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA).

His appointment is effective immediately, and he has already assumed his duties.

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, Mr. 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.

“An important component of the restructuring is the creation of a new Department to drive the Preventive Mandate of the EFCC. Olukoyede, in an unprecedented move, created the Fraud Risk Assessment and Control Department to handle this all-important work of the Commission. The Department has commenced operations and its impact would be felt more across the country in a short while.”

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

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