N1trn: Reps to probe Lamorde, EFCC over non-remittance of recovered funds

The Federal House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a motion to launch a probe of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), beginning with its chairman, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, who has been accused of diverting the sum of N1trillion.

The motion was moved by the Minority Leader Leo Ogor who called for an investigation into the whereabouts of the sum of N1trn said to be the recovered loot that has now gone missing at the EFCC, in line with the war against corruption.

A businessman, George Uboh, had petitioned the federal ministry of Justice on the matter, accusing EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Lamorde of diverting the cash, in response to which the ministry directed the EFCC to probe its chairman and submit its report.

At plenary on Tuesday however, the House directed its Committee on Financial Crimes to investigate the alleged non-remittance of the funds by EFCC.

The lawmakers also urged the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, to re-assign the investigation of Uboh’s petition to either the ICPC or the Police.

Ogor opposed the Solicitor-General’s directive that EFCC should investigate Lamorde, adding that section 88(i) of the 1999 Constitution confers powers on the House to investigate the diversion of funds by Lamorde and other past EFCC chairmen.

Ogor also called for the probe of other members of staff of the EFCC.

He added: “The EFCC is not the only agency of government charged with investigations that border on diversion of funds by public officers; the EFCC itself cannot be a judge in its own case.”

The Minority Leader also noted that the EFCC should not be keeping recovered funds worth billions of naira, but should have paid them into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the federation as stipulated under Section 31(2, 3) of the EFCC establishment Act of 2004.



Credit : The Nation

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