About 20 civil society organisations under the aegis of Coalition for Civil Liberty and Equity, CCLE, have concluded plans to protest for the sack of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Larmode in Abuja on Monday.
In a press statement signed by Mallam Isa Haruna of the Arewa Front for National Advancement (AFNA), and Muideen Olaniyi of the Network for National Integration, NNI, said the protest is to draw attention to the compromised nature of the EFCC under Larmode’s watch.
Leaders of the coalition alleged that the “sudden resurgence of the EFCC after a long period of hibernation and lack of direction under Mr. Ibrahim Larmode amounts to grandstanding and cosmetic effort to deceive the present administration and Nigerians that the anti-graft body was working.”
The group warned that unless Larmode was removed, “the present witch-hunt and cabal sponsored arrests and bogus charges would cast Nigeria in bad light before the international community and all men of good conscience.”
According to the statement, the EFCC boss is a “tainted watchman given his penchant for bias and culpability over pension fraud in the country. It is on record that Larmode was fingered by the Senate Committee on Establishment in 2013 over the conduct of biometric for pensioners in the Diaspora.
“It was discovered that Larmode collected estacode twice for biometric abroad and never went for any and refunded only one of the estacodes. Larmode should also explain why he received allowances for meetings he never attended with the Pension Reform Task Team.”
Haruna and Olaniyi decried the manner in which the commission has undertaken the arbitrary arrest of former Jigawa Governor Sule Lamido and his sons, former Head of Service, Mr. Steve Orosanye and a host of other Nigerians, stating that if the ugly trend persists, Nigerians of good intentions would be wary of serving in government.