By Philips Sunday
The Senate today, Thursday, February 25, 2016, directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Relations, to issue a warrant of arrest on former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision, Ibrahim Lamorde.
Recall the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Relations, had in January revealed that it had completed investigations into the alleged diversion of N1tn by the immediate past Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde.
The Chairman of the committee, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, also revealed then that the Senate would determine whether or not to issue a warrant for his arrest, maintaining that the Committee had not to receive any court injunction stopping it from investigating Lamorde.
“As far as there was no restriction on the Senate by any court of competent jurisdiction, we will carry on with our assignment and we will submit our interim report on the issue probably this week.
“We have not received any injunction from the court restraining us from doing our duty as far as that matter is concerned. If the Senate deems it fit to issue a warrant of arrest against him, it will be determined at plenary during the consideration of our interim report.” Anyanwu said.
Mr. Lamorde is being investigated by the Senate panel following a petition by one George Uboh, who accused him of diverting about N1tn proceeds of corruption recovered by the anti-graft agency over a period of time.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Anyawu, while presenting the report of the Committee to the Senate, requested for a warrant of arrest on Larmode.
Mr Lamorde in the other hand had refused to honour several invitations of the Committee to answer charges brought against him while in office.
The Senate however, granted Mr. Anyanwu’s request to issue an arrest warrant on Lamorde.