Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, has said that tracing looted funds and assets abroad is cumbersome.
He recommended the establishment of special courts to fast track prosecution of suspects on trial for corruption.
He also said the EFCC has written the Senate on the alleged diversion of N1.3 trillion seized from convicts, adding that it was unfortunate that some people behind the allegation do judge others by their standard.
Lamorde made the disclosure in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation which was reproduced in the EFCC Alert Magazine and made available to journalists in Abuja, yesterday.
“You see, whatever you do, one must be conscious that it is within the ambit of the law, so there are no shortcuts to investigating and prosecuting corruption cases. Everything must be done according to what the law provides.
“People expect magic and it doesn’t work that way. In developed countries of the world, if we look at all corruption cases, none of their investigations and prosecutions has lasted less than five years.
“I give you the example of James Ibori, a former governor of Delta State, that is serving jail term in the United Kingdom. We started working with the Metropolitan Police on this case around 2005, they didn’t go to court until 2009 or 2010 and some of the processes are still in court like the confiscation process.
“Nobody keeps resources, funds or assets in their names within the jurisdiction where they commit such offences. Most times, they move out of their immediate jurisdiction. So, the process of tracking these assets and funds that are stolen are cumbersome.
“Once it is not done within your jurisdiction, it becomes an issue of cooperation with law enforcement agencies in other countries and that takes time, not only that, trying to identify these assets also take a lot of resources and time.”
On alleged diversion of N1.3 trillion by EFCC, Lamorde said the anti-graft agency has written to the Senate on issues raised by a petitioner, George Uboh.

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