There are strong indications that Barrister Emmanuel Akomaye, Secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may have been appointed to replace his boss, Malam Nuhu Ribadu who has been ordered to proceed on study leave by his boss, the Inspector General of Police.
A Presidency source told The Times of Nigeria that Akomaye is the favorite to take over from Ribadu. No official announcement has been made on a successor.
Akomaye was appointed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria as the pioneer Director-General of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in February 2003 and was confirmed by the Nigerian Senate in March 2003.
Akomaye is a seasoned lawyer with strong experience in financial crimes. He prosecuted senior bank officials at the Failed Banks Tribunal, Enugu Zone, Nigeria between 1995 and 1996. He conducted several criminal and civil cases in both trial and appellate Courts in Nigeria between 1991 and 1997.
Mr. Akomaye is closely involved in the nurturing and establishment of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) which became operational in January 2005.
It is not clear if Akomaye’s appointment is temporary or permanent. However, he has worked closely with Ribadu throughout the history of the agency.