President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday, announced the appointment of a new management team for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). According to a statement from his special media and publicity adviser, these appointments are pending Senate confirmation.
The statement revealed that Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu, a former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Jigawa State, has been nominated by President Tinubu as the new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ICPC. Dr. Aliyu has been instrumental in implementing significant legal reforms during his tenure as the Attorney General of Jigawa State since September 2019. He holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in Law and was designated as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in October 2023.
Additionally, Mr. Clifford Okwudiri Oparaodu has been appointed as the Secretary to the Commission, ICPC. Mr. Oparaodu is an experienced lawyer with over 30 years in the field and has served commendably in the public sector, including as a member of the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission and Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of Port Harcourt City Local Government Council.
The statement clarified that the new ICPC Chairman’s confirmation would be sought from the Nigerian Senate due to the outgoing Chairman’s request to commence pre-end-of-tenure leave starting on November 4, 2023, before the conclusion of his term on February 3, 2024. However, the role of Secretary to the Commission does not require Senate confirmation, and Mr. Clifford Okwudiri Oparaodu’s appointment takes immediate effect, as directed by the President.
The statement further conveyed the President’s call to the newly appointed ICPC management team to uphold the highest standards of integrity and impartiality as they fulfil their responsibilities in all matters before them.
These appointments were made in accordance with the authority granted to the President by Section 3(6) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and as part of the Renewed Hope mandate to rejuvenate critical institutions and enhance Nigeria’s efforts to combat corruption.
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