Monday, 23 October 23, 2017 05.15PM /
Ibrahim Lamorde, the immediate past Chairman of
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission declared wanted by the Senate last
year, is back in the country and frolicking too.
Lamorde ran abroad to avoid appearing before
the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to respond to
frightening allegations of corruption against him. I am surprised that nobody
is talking about the case against him again.
A confident Lamorde recently organised a
wedding for his daughter in Abuja, with top Nigerians in attendance.
Faces at the wedding party revealed that a
large number of active politicians during Lamorde’s phony anti-corruption war
years are indeed his friends.
Many of them were on ground to clink glasses
with the former anti-corruption agency boss.
The list included former governor of Kogi
State, Ibrahim Idris; former deputy President of the Senate, Ibrahim Mantu;
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State; former Speaker of the House of
Representatives, Ghali Na’aba; Senator Andy Ubah and Senator Godswill Akpabio.
Well, it seems the Senate Committee on Ethics,
Privileges and Public Petitions is still unaware that Lamorde is back in the
country. Perhaps, the pictures from the wedding will wake the committee from
its slumber. Last year, it issued the warrant of arrest on Lamorde for refusing
to appear before it. The 11-man committee investigated allegations of financial
crimes and corruption brought against the former EFCC boss by Dr. George Uboh,
a human rights activist. Chairman of the investigative Committee, Samuel
Anyanwu admitted that the petition against Lamorde was weighty.
Senator Anyanwu reeled out Uboh’s allegations
against Lamorde to include:
1. That EFCC operates accounts in banks to warehouse recovered funds which
do not reflect in EFCC’s audited account;
2. that the EFCC doctors and manipulates bank accounts to conceal diversion
3. that the EFCC releases recovered funds to unidentified persons and EFCC
4. that EFCC moves fund from its recovery accounts to EFCC operations
account from where it diverts same;
5. that over 95 per cent of EFCC recoveries in foreign currencies, other
than those from multi-national companies, had been diverted; that EFCC trades
with recovered funds through bank deposits and placements;
6. that EFCC colludes with real estate companies in order to grossly under
value seized assets before they are sold to their cronies;
7. that EFCC has not accounted for offshore recoveries and that over half
of the assets seized from suspects were not reflected in EFCC exhibit records.
These are indeed hefty allegations. Now that
Lamorde is back in the country, he must account for his EFCC years.
I hope the Senate Committee on Ethics,
Privileges and Public Petitions will take urgent steps to apprehend him.