On Thursday, the Senate officially approved Musa Aliyu as the chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC).
The Senate also confirmed the appointments of Gadji Dantata and Saka Sulieman as members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).
The Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, announced the confirmation of Mr. Aliyu and the two FJSC members after the senators approved them through a voice vote during the plenary session.
Mr. Aliyu, a lawyer and former attorney general of Jigawa State, underwent separate screening at the Committee of the Whole.
He was nominated for the position on Tuesday, along with Clifford Oparaodu, who will act as the commission’s secretary.
During the screening, the new ICPC chairman informed the senators that he is set to become a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
He mentioned that he completed his primary education from 1983 to 1989 before attending Government College, Bauchi, in 1990 for his secondary education.
In 1995, Mr. Aliyu received his secondary school leaving certificate and subsequently pursued a degree in Law at Bayero University, Kano in 1998.
He graduated from the faculty of Law at Bayero University in 2003 and went on to attend law school in 2004 before commencing his career as a lawyer.
Additionally, Mr. Aliyu shared that he holds the position of Chairman of Human Right and Rule of Law Association and is associated with various human rights and anti-corruption organizations.
In a separate session, Mrs. Dantata and Mr. Sulieman presented their accomplishments in both the private and public sectors as they sought confirmation as members of the FJSC.
Professor Mrs Dantata, originally from Kano State, informed the senators that she earned her Bachelor’s degree, Masters of Arts, and PhD from Bayero University in Kano. She mentioned her participation in various conferences and her involvement in humanitarian and academic activities throughout the country.
Additionally, she mentioned being a mother of five children. The deputy senate president decided to exempt Mrs Dantata from further questioning and proceed with her confirmation to ensure gender sensitivity during the screening process.
Moving on to Mr Suleiman, he stated that he comes from Ifelodun Local Government area in Kwara State and attended Kwara State College of Technology, which is now known as Kwara State Polytechnic.
He also disclosed that he enrolled in the University of Lagos in 1981 and obtained his Bachelor’s degree. Interestingly, Mr Suleiman was not asked any questions regarding his role on the judicial commission before being asked to leave the Senate chamber.
In addition to that, Mr. Suleiman mentioned that he joined the University of Lagos in 1981 and successfully completed his Bachelor’s degree.
Moreover, to everyone’s surprise, none of the senators raised any queries regarding his role on the judicial commission, and he was subsequently instructed to exit the Senate chamber.