Tuesday saw the Senate officially confirm Hafsat Bakari’s appointment to head the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).

The approval came after Emmanuel Memga Undende, who chairs the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, delivered a report to the Chamber.

The nominee of President Bola Tinubu, according to the Chairman, has been deemed appropriate and competent based on her extensive background.

Among other things, he said that the nominee worked her way up from lower-level cadre positions and had a stellar track record of performance throughout her tenure at intelligence agencies, and that never before had anyone raised objections to her nomination.

According to his statement, “That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes on the confirmation of the nomination of Ms. Hafsat Abubakar Bakari as the Director, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU.”

Mohammed Tahir Monguno, a senator from the Borno North Senatorial District, praised the Committee for its thorough report and said the Senate should confirm the nominee because of her service history, but he also said that her nomination was flawed because it did not fit the bill.

Godswill Akpabio, president of the Senate, confirmed the candidate and cleared the report after other senators voiced their approval after the chamber was dissolved into the Committee of Whole.

According to a report in last week’s MISMOB, President Bola Tinubu requested Hafsat Bakari’s confirmation as Director of NFIU in an executive message.

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