Fake News Alert: Hakeem Odumosu not appointed new EFCC Chairman

Recently, viral social media posts claim that a Retired Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Hakeem Odumosu, has been appointed the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 

Recall that President Bola Tinubu had suspended the erstwhile EFCC chairman, AbdulRasheed Bawa, due to “weighty allegations of abuse of office levelled against him.”

On Tuesday, the president also replaced service chiefs and appointed an acting Inspector General of Police (IGP). 

Consequently, a report had now circulated on Facebook, Twitter and some other blogs claiming the appointment of the former Lagos Police Commissioner as EFCC chairman had taken effect from Tuesday, June 20. It was also shared here, here and here

But on Wednesday, Odumosu debunked the report in a statement to his close friends and associates. 

Odumosu, who retired from the Police Force in January 2022, explained that he was unaware of any such appointments urging the public to disregard such.

A statement from him reads, “Good Morning, everyone. I have been inundated with so many calls and messages between yesterday and today on a purported ‘EFCC Appointment.’ I just want to use this opportunity to debunk this information and say it’s totally untrue.

“This information must have emanated from Mischief Makers and should be totally disregarded.”

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