- There was confusion on Tuesday, October 5, at the Senate during the screening of nominees for the EFCC board
- One of the nominees, Yahaya Muhammad, presented records that revealed that he started his primary education even before he was born
- This was brought to the notice of the panel by Senator Hassan Hadejia who represents Jigawa North-east
- However, Muhammad was confirmed by the panel which was chaired by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the deputy Senate president
The submitted credentials of one of the nominees of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)'s board members, Yahaya Muhammad, posed confusion to the Senate during screening on Tuesday, October 5.
Hadejia noted that according to Muhammad's documents, he started school a year before he was born, This Day added.
The senator added that from the board member's records, there is a very confusing overlap in the sequence of his educational experience.
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The federal lawmaker said:
“There is also an overlap in the sequence of his educational experience because here, he was born on 29th of September, 1969 and he started his primary school in 1968.
“He was in Borno Teachers College from 1975 and 1988 while simultaneously he was in the college of administration studies from 1980 to 1981.”
Despite this controversy, the nominee was confirmed by the panel through a voice vote thrown open by the deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege.
Senate finally approves new EFCC's board members
Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominees for appointment as secretary and board members of the EFCC had been confirmed.
The Senate gave the confirmation during the plenary on Tuesday.
Among those confirmed were George Abbah Ekpungu as Secretary (Cross River), Luqman Muhammed (Edo), Anumba Adaeze (Enugu), Alhaji Kola Raheem Adesina (Kwara), 5. Alhaji Yahaya Muhammad (Yobe).
The confirmation followed the presentation and consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes.
Senator Suleiman Abdu Kwari, the chairman of the committee, had made the recommendation for the confirmation.