Tinubu Appoints Aliyu as ICPC Chairman
President Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, granted approval for the appointment of a new management team to lead the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), pending Senate confirmation.
This team consists of Dr. Musa Aliyu, who will serve as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ICPC, and Mr. Clifford Oparaodu, who will hold the position of Secretary to the Commission.
Additionally, President Tinubu has granted the outgoing Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owosanoye, a pre-end of tenure leave beginning on November 4, 2023, in anticipation of his tenure's conclusion on February 3, 2024.
The authority for these decisions is based on the powers vested in the President by Section 3(6) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, as revealed in a statement signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Tuesday.
The statement, titled ‘President Tinubu appoints new ICPC management team; approves 90-day pre-end-of-tenure leave for outgoing ICPC Chairman,’ clarifies that while the Chairman's office requires Senate confirmation, the Secretary to the Commission's position does not.
Dr. Musa Aliyu, the incoming Chairman, brings substantial legal expertise, having served as the Attorney-General of Jigawa State since September 2019, and holds a Bachelor, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in Law. He was also designated as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in October 2023.
Mr. Clifford Oparaodu, who will serve as the Secretary to the Commission, is an experienced lawyer with over 30 years of service, including positions on the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission and as Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of Port Harcourt City Local Government Council.
The statement emphasizes the President's expectation for the new ICPC management team to execute their duties with integrity, impartiality, and diligence in all matters they handle.