Former EFCC chair, Lamorde, goes to school despite Senate arrest warrant

Former EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde

Ibrahim Lamorde, the immediate past chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, will Friday begin a course for senior police officers at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, near Jos, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

Mr. Lamorde’s procession to‎ the policy formation centre for bureaucrats in Plateau State is coming amidst an order for his arrest by the Nigerian Senate.

“Mr. Lamorde is still a serving top police officer so it’s unclear who is going to effect the arrest order by the Senate,”‎ a source who did not want to be named told PREMIUM TIMES.

“It was the police hierarchy that sent him to NIPSS.

“What we are saying is, he was invited as head of EFCC, not as Mr. Lamorde,‎ to answer questions on how the agency had spent its money. Now he’s no longer there, and the EFCC is a continuum. The current boss should be the one to be invited,” the source said.

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 (APC – Imo East), investigating Mr. Lamorde for alleged corruption, had requested for the arrest warrant.

But the former EFCC boss responded through his lawyer, Festus Keyamo, asking the Nigeria Police to disregard the Senate’s order for his arrest.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Mr. Keyamo 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,” his lawyer said in the statement.‎

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

Mr. Lamorde, a commissioner, 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 failed 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.


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  • Spoken word

    Lamorde should go and clear his name,his silence shows he is complicit and an accomplice in corruption.

  • Rommel

    Strange days indeed in the Nigeria,this is what we have brought on ourselves where procedures are opaque and summons of the senate even the supreme court judgement’s no longer mean anything

  • Owenz

    The legislature is not the judiciary. Senate should be careful not to insult itself through overreaching.

    • aisha ani

      The funny thing is the senate has quite a few lawyers among them, these senators still believe they are dealing with old Nigeria where anything goes…now everyone is a lawyer “in their head”. Google is your friend.

  • PEOPLE

    They cannot arrest him. He is from the North. Buhari is only after South South and South East people. God will judge Buhari very soon.

    • jamajake

      I guess Dasuki is from south south or south east?

      • chukwu michael

        He is Buhari’s enemy and was Jonathan’s Staff.

        • Amin

          How shallow! You must be reasoning with your yansh, Chukwu.

    • Abdul

      The are not following the right process, the cant issue arrest order as legislature, it is the responsibility of the court then police.

  • PEOPLE

    All EFCC bosses are thieves. Nuhu Ribadun, Farida Waziri, Ibrahim Lamorda are living big with stolen money and the present EFCC chairman (Magu) will also steal and go free. They are all from the north. North thieves are saint according to Buhari. One day Nigeria will end as a country.

    • chukwu michael

      Why is it that only the Abokis are always the EFCC chair persons? Look at the names of the past ad present Leadership of the evil institution called EFCC, they are all Northerners, what happened?.

  • chukwu michael

    In a statement issued on Thursday, Mr. Keyamo said ‎the police and other law enforcement agencies should resist the invitation to drag themselves into “this illegal scheme.” And Keyamo and EFCC want Tompolo to respond to their calls too? What a world! All those who are misbehaving because they want to please Buhari will plunge this country into war.

    • EDMOND

      @chukwu_michael:disqus

      Festus Keyamo does not think much….and it shows. He has no intellectual map.

      He criss-crosses as the spirit directs and goes in any which way in violation of logic.

  • FreeNigeria

    Larmumu is going to school. what are they going to teach the olodo? Anyway, the Senate is equally Mumu just as Lamorde if not more

    • olu_kay

      Lamorde is the bigger fool,this is the height of hypocrisy.

  • clairvoyance

    Anyone accused of corruption now goes to school, I wonder why they don’t want to clear their names before embarking on such frivolous exercise, if they are not feigning sickness they enroll in school. Lamorde go and clear your name.

  • Shahokaya

    Every yam eater is going back to school, Obanikoro, Lamurde, which school will admit Metuh and Dasuki? or sorry their admission will be at hospitals like That frog eyed diezzey.

    • olu_kay

      lol

  • Maria

    Lamorde’s attitude shows he is hiding something he is afraid of… How can you say it is your successor that should be accountable for your deeds in office? Is Mr Lamorde’s mental capacity still intact? If that is how to be held accountable why was Mr Lamorde arresting people to account for their office, why not those who succeeded those he arrested? This man has shown that he is guilty before charge otherwise he should honour the invitation or be arrested. In this same country we witnessed how an IG of police was arrested and humiliated, Mr Lamorde is not even an IG.

    • olu_kay

      The guilty flee when no one is persuing them,a clean hands fears no false accusation and will be willing to defend his integrity.

  • Alhajivinco

    What nonsense about his being a serving police officer and whether anyone would arrest him. Understand that that era of impunity is over. If there is a proper warrant for his arrest, he will be arrested in accordance with the law. And why does he need to be arrested? Why can’t he appear before the Senate to clear his name?

  • Abdul

    This Senate dont know anything, CAN THEY ORDER FOR A CITIZEN ARREST? The procedure is for them to go to the court and request for arrest warrant then pass same to the police to effect the arrest. THEY CANT SIT IN THE NASS and issue out arrest order. Have they forgotten so soon that their are arms of the law responsible for issuing out arrest order and effecting the arrest?

  • Bimbola

    In as much as the NASS has an oversight duty to check the activities of government agencies, it is within the powers of the judiciary to issue arrest warrants on a suspect. The National Assembly is not above the law and should not be behaving as if it is above the law. Let them approach a court and request for his arrest if they think there is a legitimate case against the man. Every elected official in Nigeria thinks he has the right to arrest anybody.

  • 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.

    • aisha ani

      Unfortunately that particular institution is no longer respected because of Saraki.