Senate postpones Lamorde’s probe as Buhari appoints Magu, EFCC Ag-Chairman


President Muhammadu Buhari has denied Ibrahim Lamorde, a second term in office with his removal as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, and replaced by Ibrahim Magu, a top level official of the Economic and Governance Unit of the Commission.

With his unexpected removal, the senate has postponed indefinitely, his probe fixed for Tuesday November 10.

Lamorde, appointed EFCC chair November 2011 after the exit of Farida Waziri ex-chairman of the commission, is due for second term in 2016

Magu, a no-nonsense investigator of the anti-graft agency at its inception was removed along with several other key officials by Farida Waziri when she became chairman in 2008.

Under his watch, Lamorde was accused of diverting looted funds recovered by the Commission worth N2.051 trillion from public officials, which the Senate has been investigating since August this year.

Earlier, the Senate had postponed indefinitely, the investigation of Lamorde, over alleged diversion of N2.051 trillion recovered funds.

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, investigating the petition against him, had slated a public hearing on the matter for Tuesday by 2pm.

Clerk to the committee, Freedom Osolo without reasons, announced the postponement on Monday

The statement reads in part: “I regret to inform you that the hearing of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions slated for Tuesday, 10th November, 2015 has been postponed for the time being.

“You will be duly informed when the meeting is rescheduled, please. The committee regrets any inconveniences the postponement would have caused you”.

He had on Thursday, November 4, issued a statement that the committee would hold a public hearing with all petitioners and those  they petitioned on Tuesday (November 10), by 2:00pm at the Meeting Room 120, New Senate Building,  National Assembly,  Abuja.

Recall that the Executive Director, Panic Alert Security System, George Uboh,  had dragged Lamorde before the Senate in August this year for allegedly diverting N2.051trillion proceeds from forfeited assets seized from corrupt Nigerians, which were kept in custody of the anti-graft agency under Lamorde’s watch.

The Senate panel investigating the claims of the petitioner against Lamorde, suspended further action pending the plea by the EFCC legal team, which requested for more time pending the release of the agency’s annual financial report by the end of September.

It was gathered that the upper chamber was already in possession of this year’s annual financial records of the anti-graft agency which Lamorde said he would need to defend.

Author: Lanre OWOEYE

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