Why Senate stalled on N1tn corruption probe of Lamorde

OrderPaperToday – Fresh facts have emerged as to why the Senate stalled on the celebrated case of alleged corruption to the tune of N1trillion against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the leadership of its former chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde.

Mr. Lamorde was this week promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, after ratification by the Police Service Commission (PSC).

It will be recalled that the Senate through its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in 2016 instituted a probe against Lamorde for alleged diversion of N1trillion worth of assets recovered by the anti- graft agency under his watch.

The former EFCC boss however failed to appear before the Committee, leading the Senate to order for his arrest at the time. Lamorde consequently laid low for a long period before resurfacing in 2017 following reports that he had been redeployed as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Special Fraud Unit (SFU) in Lagos.

The Senate at the time failed to react to that development.

Following his promotion to the rank of DIG earlier this week, Senator Sam Anyanwu (PDP, Imo) who is the Chairman of the Committee that conducted the aborted probe of Lamorde in 2016 revealed to OrderPaperNG why the Senate has been quiet on Lamorde in recent times.

Anyanwu explained that his Committee did not conclude the investigation on the corruption allegations leveled against Lamorde because there is Court order restraining the red chamber from investigating the matter.

He added that since the probe has not been concluded, Lamorde is presumed innocent and entitled to promotion as an officer of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to Senator Anyanwu, “That matter was not concluded because there was a court order restraining the Senate from going further on that investigation.

“There is nothing to say whether he is guilty of the allegation or not. He is still a police man and he is entitled to his promotion. We did not conclude the matter.”

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