Senate yesterday declared that there was no court injunction stopping it from continuing with the probe of former chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde over alleged N2.05trillion fraud while in office.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu (PDP Imo East), who stated this in a telephone interview, vowed that the committee would forge ahead with its investigation slated for tomorrow, when Lamorde is expected to appear before it.
According to him, since there was no restriction on the committee or the senate as a whole by any court of competent jurisdiction, the proposed investigation will be carried out, saying the immediate past EFCC boss is expected to appear before it tomorrow.
“We have not received any injunction from the court restraining us from doing our duty as far as that matter is concerned.
“But I will not like to talk much on the issue because I am not in Abuja right now. So, when we meet as a committee, we sit down, look into the matter and do what is right”, he stressed.
On whether the Committee would issue a warrant of arrest on Lamorde if he fails to appear tomorrow, Anyanwu said: “Let Tuesday come first, I will not pre-empt what will happen on that day. When we get to the bridge, we’ll cross it”.
It would be recalled that the committee had invited Larmode to appear before it last week Tuesday, but he shunned the meeting, as he allegedly traveled out of the country for medical attention.
Lamorde was however, represented by a human rights lawyer and EFCC’s independent prosecutor, Festus Keyamo together with another lawyer, Festus Okpe.
But the committee members insisted that the senate did not accept representation for anybody invited to appear before it, saying however, that the person so invited, if he or she so wished, could come with his lawyers to guide him.
Members of the committee, who were infuriated by what they regarded as Lamorde’s flagrant disrespect for the Committee, lashed at the former EFCC boss, threatening to invoke the law against him.
Reacting to the position of the Committee, Festus Keyamo told journalists that the Senate’s probe on Lamorde had been overtaken by the event of his not being the EFCC Chairman anymore.
He, therefore, argued that by the provisions of the law, the Senate lacked powers to summon Lamorde as a respondent in the matter, claiming that he could only appear as a witness.
Consequently, Keyamo, on Thursday last week, dragged the Senate and three others before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to stop the Upper Chamber from effecting its summons.
As at that Thursday, no date had been fixed for hearing of the suit.
Chief Executive Officer of Panic Alert Security Systems, Dr. George Uboh, had petitioned the Senate through the senator representing Delta North Senatorial District, Peter Nwaoboshi, alleging that Lamorde, in connivance with other EFCC officials, short-changed the Federal Government in the remittance of funds and properties recovered from some eminent public office holders.


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