Mr Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer and social justice activist, has said that the appointment of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission chairmen from the same geopolitical zone is unlawful and against the Federal Character Principle.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria made the known when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Monday.
In the words of the lawyer, if the chairman of the EFCC is from the northern region, then the chairman of the ICPC should be appointed from the southern region.
The recently appointed chairman of EFCC, Mr Ola Olukoyede and the ICPC Chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye are both from the South-West geopolitical zone.
“If you are going to have the EFCC and the ICPC, the heads cannot come from same zone. If there are two positions in the public service, one must go to the North, and one must go to the South. If there are four, two must go to the South, and two must go to the North. If there are six, one must go to each geopolitical zone. That is the law in Nigeria today,” he said.