Reps be­gin probe of EFCC over N1tr as­sets

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi, Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye & John Chuks Azu

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has com­menced fresh in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged non-re­mit­tance of over N1 tril­lion gen­er­ated from seized as­sets by the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) to the Fed­er­a­tion Ac­count.

The House con­se­quently man­dated its com­mit­tee on fi­nan­cial crimes to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

The res­o­lu­tion was reached af­ter adopt­ing a mo­tion by Mi­nor­ity Leader Leo Ogor (PDP, Delta), ask­ing that the al­leged non-re­mit­tance be in­ves­ti­gated to as­cer­tain its authen­tic­ity.

Ogor in his mo­tion said: “The past and present lead­er­ship of the EFCC is be­ing ac­cused of di­ver­sion of funds worth bil­lions of naira meant to be paid into the Con­sol­i­dated Rev­enue Fund of the Fed­er­a­tion as stip­u­lated by Sec­tion 31 sub­sec­tion 2 and 3 of the EFCC Act of 2004.

“The So­lic­i­tor-Gen­eral and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Fed­eral Min­istry of Jus­tice has di­rected the EFCC to in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tion

against Ibrahim Lamorde and to for­ward the re­sult of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion to him,” he said.

Ogor added that, “by the pow­ers con­ferred on the House by Sec­tion 88(I) of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion as amended, the House, just like the po­lice and the ICPC can in­ves­ti­gate the di­ver­sion of funds by Lamorde, past and present lead­ers of the EFCC.”

There were re­ports in the me­dia that the Fed­eral Min­istry of Jus­tice had di­rected the EFCC to in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tion of di­ver­sion of re­cov­ered funds by its chair­man, Ibrahim Lamorde.

This fol­lowed a pe­ti­tion dated Septem­ber 18, 2015 to the So­lic­i­tor-Gen­eral and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Fed­eral Min­istry of Jus­tice, Mr. Ab­dul­lahi Yola.

EFCC de­bunks claims How­ever, the EFCC has de­bunked claims that it was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, say­ing that it would be il­log­i­cal to ask EFCC to in­ves­ti­gate it­self.

Head of me­dia and pub­li­ca­tion of EFCC, Wil­son Uwu­jaren, said this yes­ter­day dur­ing a tele­phone chat with Daily Trust.

Ac­cord­ing to him, no let­ter had been sent to the EFCC by the Jus­tice min­istry.

“How will the Fed­eral Govern­ment ask EFCC to in­ves­ti­gate it­self? It is il­log­i­cal.”

Daily Trust re­ports that the Se­nate had ear­lier opened a sim­i­lar probe of the anti­graft com­mis­sion, but some se­na­tors dis­missed it as il­le­gal and ac­cused Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki of tak­ing up the com­mis­sion for in­ves­ti­gat­ing his wife, Toyin.

A pe­ti­tion was writ­ten against Lamorde by Dr. Ge­orge Uboh, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Panic Alert Se­cu­rity Sys­tems (PASS).

Chair­man, Se­nate Adhoc Com­mit­tee on pub­lic­ity, Dino Me­laye, told jour­nal­ists last month that the probe of the Chair­man of Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Lar­mode, over the al­leged di­ver­sion of the monies re­cov­ered from a former Gov­er­nor of Bayelsa State, Diepr­eye Alamieye­seigha and former In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice, Tafa Ba­lo­gun, was con­tin­u­ing.

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