By Chris Nomjov
The Federal Ministry of Justice has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has to probe it’s Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, for allegedly diverting N1 trillion of recovered stolen public funds.
It would be recalled that George Uboh, Chief Executive Officer of Panic Alert Security Systems, had alleged that Lamorde diverted about N1trn recovered by the anti-graft agency from corrupt public officials.
Uboh sent a petition to this effect, on September 18, to the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Abdullahi Yola.
He would subsequently send a reminder on September 28, threatening to sue the ministry if his petition is not responded to, in 7 days.
10 days later, the ministry sent a letter signed by the Director, Public Prosecutions of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Muhammad Diri, to the EFCC.
The letter, which has now leaked to the press, contains an order from the Justice Ministry, directing the EFCC to investigate the claims made against Lamorde and revert back ‘as soon as it is completed’.
The letter reads: “I refer to your letter dated the 28th September, 2015, in respect of the above mentioned subject matter.
“I am directed to inform you that your petition has been sent to the EFCC for their response to the allegation contained therein. The commission has been directed by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary to forward the result of its investigation as soon as it is completed.
“Accept please, the assurances of the highest regards of the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary.”
However, in his only official statement on the allegation to date, EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, denied the accusations, as false and malicious.
In a letter sent through his counsel, Festus Keyamo, Lamorde even filed a defamation suit against The Daily Sun newspaper, for allegedly publishing a libellous story dated 8th October, 2015 titled ‘N1TRN LOOTED FUNDS: LAMORDE, EFCC BOSS, IN SOUP.’