Senate yesterday directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to issue a warrant of arrest on former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde.
Lamorde had refused to honour several invitations of the Committee extended to him to answer charges brought against him while in office.
Specifically, he was accused of diversion of N1trillion recovered loot.
Following Lamorde’s muscle-flexing and lack of interest in responding to the summon to clear himself, the Senate committee, yesterday, recommended the issuance of a warrant of arrest of the former EFCC chairman over the alleged diversion of N1 trillion recovered by the commission.
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP, Imo East) made the recommendation while delivering the report of his Committee on the petition by one Mr. George Uboh on the alleged diversion of the recovered funds.
Uboh had in his petition laid on the floor by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta North) accused Lamorde of diverting 95 percent of EFCC’s recoveries in foreign currencies.
He also alleged that EFCC under Lamorde colluded with real estate companies to undervalue seized assets before they were sold to their cronies.
According to him, half of the assets seized from suspects by the EFCC were not reflected in the commission’s exhibit records.
Anyanwu said Uboh had appeared before his committee to defend his claims but that the former EFCC boss has refused to do so.
He said, having waited for the appearance of Lamorde since the 24th of November, 2015, his committee came to the conclusion that the former EFCC boss is bent on evading investigation.
“Consequently, the committee reasoned that the way to get the former EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde to appear before it was to invoke the powers of the Senate in Section 89 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and compel his attendance. Unless this is done, the National Assembly might be drawn into consequential disrepute in the future,” he said.
But the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu raised a point of order, citing Sections 88 & 89 of the 1999 Constitution, saying the issue should not be discussed on the floor.
“So what is required here is for the committee to issue a warrant of arrest and then the President of the Senate will direct the Police to effect the arrest. It is not the business of the senate during the plenary to do so. Otherwise, we will be offending this part of the constitution,” he said.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki sustained Ekweremadu’s point of order and asked the committee to oblige

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