Senate has vowed to continue with the ongoing investigation of alleged diversion of N2 trillion worth of seized funds and assets from corrupt politicians by the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, despite stiff opposition in some quarters.
Chairman, Senate ad hoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) explained at the weekend in a chat with journalists that there was nothing wrong with the probe, assuring that the committee would pursue the probe of the anti-graft agency to its logical conclusion.
Senator Melaye, who said there was no procedural error in the probe as being alleged by some of his colleagues, explained that a senator might decide to submit his or her petition from a member of his senatorial district in plenary or submit to Senate president directly.
“There is no procedural error in the EFCC’s probe, because how petition can be submitted had already been stated in Senate’s standing rules and the one upon which Lamorde is being probed by the relevant Senate committee was routed through one of the provisions of the rules,” he said.
Chief Executive Officer of Panic Alert Security Systems, a security firm, Dr. George Uboh had petitioned the Senate, accusing Lamorde of some specific instances of under-remittance and non-disclosure of proceeds of corruption recovered from criminal suspects, including former governor of Bayelsa, Diepreye Alamieyesigha, and former Inspector General of Police, Tafa Balogun.
Uboh in the petition dated July 30, 2015, also alleged that the EFCC had not accounted for “offshore recoveries” and that “over half of the assets seized from suspects are not reflected in EFCC exhibit records.”
In a statement signed by Senators Ahmed Lawman, George Akume, Abu Ibrahim and Barnabas Gemade, the group stated that “upon presentation in plenary, the presiding officer will invite the senator/House of Representatives to lay same the petition on the table in the chamber, which automatically becomes public document.”
Also, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, principal officers in the Senate through a joint statement issued by the minority leader, Godswill Akpabio; deputy minority leader, Phillip Aduda; minority whip, Emmanuel Bwacha, and deputy minority whip, Abiodun Olujimi, kicked against the probe exercise, saying it violated the procedures of the Senate.
Similarly, the Senate leader, Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) also kicked against the probe on alleged grounds of procedural errors.
Ndume, at a press briefing in the heat of the committee’s public hearing session over the weighty allegations against Lamorde by Uboh, said “I think there were some procedural lapses there, but I don’t want to believe it was deliberate because there is no way you can cut corners or use the institution of the senate to settle personal scores, it doesn’t work that way.”
Chairman of the ad-hoc Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP, Imo East), however, said the actions of his colleagues against the exercise was based on misinformation.
He told newsmen in Abuja that the senators confused his committee’s invitation to Lamorde to a failed one earlier moved on the floor of the Senate in form of an amendment to a prayer in a motion.

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