Disregard Senate’s ‘illegal’ arrest warrant on me, ex-EFCC boss, Lamorde, tells police

Former EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde

The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, has asked the Nigeria Police to disregard the Senate’s order for his arrest.

In a statement issued by his lawyer, Festus Keyamo, Mr. Lamorde said ‎the police and other law enforcement agencies should resist the invitation to drag themselves into “this illegal scheme.”

“We most respectfully urge the Nigeria Police Force to await the outcome of the matter pending in court before deciding one way or the other about the enforcement of the said Warrant of Arrest, if eventually issued,” Mr. Lamorde said in a statement on Thursday.

“If the court decides otherwise against our position, our client is prepared to appear before the Senate or any of its Committees.”

The Senate on Thursday issued a warrant for Mr. Lamorde’s arrest for repeatedly failing to appear before its committee on Ethics, Privileges, and Public Petitions.

The committee, chaired by Samuel Anyanwu, investigating Mr. Lamorde for alleged corruption, had requested for the arrest warrant.

Mr. Lamorde, a commissioner of police currently on course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), was removed as EFCC chairman in November last year, four years after he took over as head of the anti-graft agency.

Three months earlier, a petitioner, George Uboh, had accused Mr. Lamorde of diverting about N1 trillion proceeds of corruption recovered by the agency, prompting a Senate committee to commence an investigation.

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions invited Mr. Lamorde to a “meeting” on August 26 but the former EFCC boss failed to attend.

Another letter of invitation‎ from the Senate committee was sent to Mr. Lamorde proposing another meeting on November 5.

Again, Mr. Lamorde was unable to attend the meeting.

On November 11, the Senate committee issued another invitation letter to Mr. Lamorde urging him to appear before them on November 17.

Mr. Lamorde also failed to appear on the said date, with his lawyer‎ saying he was out of the country on his three-month terminal leave.

On November 19, Mr. Lamorde instituted a legal action at the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking an interpretation of the powers of the Senate with respect to investigations.

“Both the Senate and the Committee were served with the Originating Summons and a Motion seeking an Interlocutory Injunction restraining the Senate from continuing with their investigations pending the determination of the suit,” Mr. Lamorde’s statement read.

“The processes were served on them on 20th November, 2015, but since then, they have refused, ignored and failed to file any process in defence of the suit.”

Mr. Lamorde said he would appear before the Senate or any of its Committees if the court decides against him.

‎”In any event, the Senate Standing Rules are clear to the effect that matters pending before a court of law should not be deliberated upon or discussed on the floor of the Senate or any of its Committees,” he said.

“This is the reason why our client’s case is clearly different from the case of other citizens against whom Warrants of Arrest have been issued by competent courts of law.

“Whilst there is no restriction on the powers of a court of law to issue a Warrant of Arrest against anybody who fails to honour its Summons, the Senate’s own rules forbid it to do anything in respect of matters that are pending in a court of law.

“The conducts of the Senate and the Committee amount to legislative rascality as they seek to usurp the powers of the judiciary and to undermine its authority.”


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  • Simon Templar

    The Senate should look for something better to do than this distraction. Corruption fought back against him and now he has gone.

  • Stevo


    Ah, ah! That means ten years time now! From High Court to Appeal Court, then Supreme Court,
    just to ask court to decide the limits of the Senate investigation power. Haba, Lamorde, haba!
    It is ten years time you want to appear to answer where you are hiding the things they said
    you stole at EFCC. Kai, Lamorde, Lamorde,Lamorde. How many times did i call you?
    You are a real ogbologbo crook. No wonder President Jonathan appointed you
    as the EFCC chairman.

  • ade

    Wonders shall never end! The same Saraki led senate that kept filling lawsuit everyday to stop his trial at cct is ordering the arrest of someone who’s suit not even be heard by the high court. Whatever is good for the goose is also a delicacy for the gander, Larmode should explore his option up to the supreme court, if he so wishes?

  • Netanyahu

    Where were the useless so called DSS that are busy terrorizing unarmed protesters in Aba and are ready to shoot and kill when Lamorde ran away with over a trillion naira? Lamorde relax wherever you are and enjoy your sweat o jare! It’s no loot. It’s nobody’s money. That’s Nigeria for you. Different laws for different tribes. You can return once everything is settled. No one will touch you then. Are you not the son of the foolani again? When you return just surround yourself with your untouchable brothers in the bush, the notorious foolani herdsmen and you will be protected for life.

    • persona

      The challenge is that the senate initiated this utter disregard when Saraki was ordered to be arrested and he walked about dishonoring the warrant. Should they even have the moral rectitude to call for anyone’s arrest?
      Lamorde can say whatever he likes, the court will determine and that is when I will take the call for Lamorde serious because lawbreakers cant be trying to uphold the laws.

  • Spoken word

    Why is Lamorde hiding

  • persona

    The very same senate that sat idle while Saraki had a warrant of arrest against him is ordering someone’s arrest?
    That is what happens when you bend the law, it becomes bendable by others, even criminals and you cant use the same measure to judge the criminals only for the elites to walk free.

  • born Great

    The same lawyer prosecuting suspected government looters, is now defending another suspected re looter. Nigeria a country of jokes.

  • George

    Nigerians wake up and hear this same Kayamo who wants Tompolo arrested by all means is here telling the police to wait until court says otherwise.

    Why will Kayamo be the same lawyer working for EFCC and its retired Chairman at same time.

    Lamordi told the police to disregard his warrant of arrest which I strongly believe he is right because he comes from the North and belong to the North who believes they are above the laws as always. Could Metuh tell the police to disregard his arrest warrant?

  • Obosi Warrior

    keyamo here, keyamo there, what a mess. Is he the only lawyer the country has. You are prosecuting tompolo and defending larmorde. What a clash!
    I think the efcc should start looking for a replacement because eventually larmorde’s case will be ripe for trial.

  • Cleartruth

    Nigeria is really a zoo. A man is accused of stealing 1 trillion naira and efcc , icpc, police and dss and dictator buhari are keeping quiet. This is strange.

  • New Nigerian

    Lamorde should appear before the senate out of respect for the institution. He should also be prepared to discuss his stewardship of EFCC. Now if he appears and he is asked questions about information he no longer have access to he should simply say that and not say more than he knows to be a fact – but he should go appear. This will put the monkey on the back of the senate that is on a fishing expedition – which is their right constitutionally to do.

    His attorney is also correct in his position – Let the court decide if he should go…unfortunately the judiciary get drags into pure legislative process under the pdp…this alltimately need to be sorted out

    • Sir Demo

      Which Senate? Do the present leadership even respect the democratic institutions in place! The SenaTHIEVES do not even respect its standing orders. I can’t care less, if the red chamber is thrown to the dogs. Just like the Supreme Sham, the Senior Agberos of Nigeria club, the Senate needed to be purged

      • Dawood

        Lolz! Buhari, the “New Sherrif in Town” (the only clean Nigerian) should probe and purge the whole Nigeria and all its institutions (especially those that dare not tow the APC line).

  • Sparzo

    He has got a cheek alright.

  • Sir Demo

    Saraki Senate issuing a warrant of arrest? Wonders shall never end. But seriously, is the Police Service Commission dead? Lamorde is still a serving police officer. Also the ICPC should swing into operation, if the EFCC IS SEEN INCAPABLE of probing itself.