Lamorde: IG gets Senate’s arrest warrant this week

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ex-Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde

The Senate may issue a warrant for the arrest
of a former Chairman of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim
Lamorde, this week barring an unexpected
reversal, our correspondent has learnt.
This means the Inspector-General of Police, Mr.
Solomon Arase, may be ordered to arrest
Lamorde, who is currently undergoing a course
at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic
Studies, Kuru, Jos.
The upper chamber had on Thursday last week
asked its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and
Public Petitions to begin the process of issuing a
warrant for the police officer’s arrest.
The senate is currently investigating Lamorde
following a petition against him by one Dr.
George Uboh.
In his petition, Uboh accused the former EFCC
boss of diverting over N1tn the anti-graft
agency recovered from treasury looters.
Uboh, who is the Chief Executive Officer of
Panic Alert Security Systems, had petitioned the
Senate through the senator representing Delta
North Senatorial District, Peter Nwaoboshi,
alleging that Lamorde, in connivance with other
EFCC officials, short-changed the Federal
Government in the remittance of funds and
assets recovered from some corrupt public
officers.
The petitioner alleged that under Lamorde, the
EFCC opened bank accounts for the funds it
recovered from corrupt officials, but the funds
did not reflect in the agency’s audited accounts.
The whistle-blower also alleged that the EFCC
doctored and manipulated bank accounts to
conceal the alleged fraud.
Lamorde was also accused of diverting over 90
per cent of the money the EFCC recovered in
foreign currencies, including those from
multinational companies.
At the consideration of the report at plenary on
Thursday, the ethics panel lamented efforts by
the House to get a reaction from Lamorde were
not successful.
The Chairman of the committee, Senator
Samuel Anyanwu, who read the report, noted
that Lamorde ignored all invitations extended
to him and urged the House to issue a warrant
for his arrest.
The committee therefore said it had become
necessary to force Lamorde to appear if only to
“save the National Assembly as the highest law-
making body of the nation, from irreparable
damage to its reputation and capacity to
summon.”
Our correspondent learnt from the Senate
President’s office on Sunday that Arase might
get Lamorde’s arrest warrant this week.
The source confirmed that the ethics panel had
forwarded its request to the Senate President
Bukola Saraki.
The source said, “I am not sure there will be
any delay. The arrest warrant will be sent to
the appropriate quarters anytime this week.”

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