Laughter echoed through the Senate chambers on a cheerful Wednesday as Senate President Godswill Obot Akpabio engaged in a jovial exchange with Mr. Ola Olukoyede, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Mr. Olukoyede had been summoned before the Senate for a screening, during which he unexpectedly mentioned Akpabio’s name in the context of an ongoing investigation into a corruption case.
A light-hearted moment emerged when Olukoyede began, “If we are investigating the Senate President, for example…” This phrase triggered a burst of laughter from the lawmakers in the chamber. Amidst the merriment, Akpabio intervened, jokingly advising the EFCC nominee not to use his name as an example in the fight against corruption.
Amidst chuckles, Akpabio remarked, “I’m very glad that the nominee wants to use the Senate President as an example. But Mr. nominee, leave the Senate President for now, look at this direction,” playfully pointing towards the seats of opposition lawmakers.
Following the jovial exchange, Mr. Olukoyede proceeded with his speech, refraining from mentioning anyone’s name and emphasizing that in the battle against corruption, one often finds themselves at odds with everyone. The Senate session, filled with laughter and camaraderie, continued as the screening process unfolded.