Bolaji Owasanoye, outgoing Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has described his tenure as head of the commission as psychologically, emotionally, and physically draining.
Owasanoye stated this at a dinner organised for him by friends, families, and some senior staff of the ICPC in Abuja.
This was disclosed in a post on the website of the anti-graft agency on Monday, November 20.
Owasanoye was quoted as saying, “Everyday, you have to decide whether someday you should be arrested or not, whether somebody should be investigated or not investigated, whether D’Ops (Director of Operations) should go and raid somebody’s house at 2 am. It can be psychologically draining.
“I am very grateful to the government, and to the President for his indulgence and the support. I have had the opportunity to share my thoughts with him and the people very close to him.
“I do not doubt that Dr Aliyu can sustain the tempo. Dr Aliyu is a younger fit and meets the expectations that we all have.”
Owasanoye’s leadership of the commission began in 2019 and came to an end following President Bola Tinubu’s approval of his request to proceed on pre-end of tenure leave.
A former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Jigawa State, Dr. Musa Aliyu, has been announced by Tinubu to take over from Owasanoye, whose tenure expires on February 4, 2024.