Senate confirms EFCC Board Member Who ‘Started School Before Birth’
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Senate confirms EFCC Board Member Who ‘Started School Before Birth’

By October 6, 2021

Yahaya Muhammad (Yobe State) was confirmed as a board member of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by the Senate on Tuesday (EFCC).

However, a senator pointed out that Muhammad’s curriculum vitae (CV) revealed that he began school before his birth.

Hassan Hadejia, the senator for Jigawa North East, stated there was a contradiction in Muhammad’s educational background because he was purportedly born on September 29, 1969, but began attending Central Primary School in 1968.

Suleiman Abdu Kwari (Kaduna North), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, encouraged the Senate to confirm Muhammad and other nominations in his committee’s report.

According to Kwari, the nominees were deemed to have no evidence against them.

“My name is Senator Hassan Hadejia, and I represent the Jigawa Northeast Senatorial District,” Hadejia remarked. Let me draw the House’s attention to several inconsistencies in the report, particularly with reference to one of the nominees, Alhaji Yahaya Muhammad, on Page 8, where the nominee, according to record, began primary school before he was born.

“There is also an overlap in the sequence of his educational experience because here he was born on September 29, 1969 and he started his education at Central Primary School in 1968.

“Then he was in Borno Teachers’ College from 1975 and 1988 while simultaneously he was in the College of Administration Studies from 1980 to 1981.

“If these are typographical errors, Mr. President, maybe we should have them corrected for the sake of our record.”

Before confirming Muhammad as an EFCC board member, the Senate did not address or strive to fix the errors that Hadejia brought to the attention of his colleagues.

Muhammad, like Senate President Ahmad Lawan, hails from Yobe State. Lawan was not present at the plenary.

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