Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has described the called by the Senate to probe its chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, over alleged N1trillion funds as mischievous.
The commission’s spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement yesterday, said that, “Our attention has been drawn to a report captioned: ‘Alleged N1tn diversion: Senate to probe Lamorde’s alleged diversion of N1tn’, which appeared in The Punch newspaper of Monday, August 24, 2015 containing salacious claims of corruption against the person of the chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Lamorde.
“The EFCC should ordinarily not dignify the publication with a response as the motives of the promoters and their media allies are to impugn the integrity of the EFCC boss with fabricated stories of corruption.
“However, the commission is constrained to respond, to expose the motive behind the sinister plot. In the first instance, claims of a N1trillion corruption in the EFCC is infantile and assaults the sensibilities of all reasonable stakeholders in the anti- corruption fight.
“Even if the EFCC had not returned a kobo of recovered assets in its 12 years’ existence in addition to the yearly appropriated funds from the Federation Account, it will be nowhere near a trillion naira. This clearly exposes the mission of the so-called petitioner as nothing more than mischief, designed to smear Lamorde.
“ More sinister is the discovery that the so called petition did not follow the procedure for consideration by the Senate. It was sent, not to the Senate but to a member, Senate Peter Nwaoboshi, a first term senator from Delta North.