The immediate past Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, may have fled the country as he shunned an invitation by the Senate of Nigeria over alleged missing N1 trillion.
Mr. Lamorde, sacked penultimate week by President Muhammadu Buhari as the country’s anti-corruption Czar, was scheduled to appear before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, over allegations that he diverted recovered stolen funds amounting to over N1trillion in a petition filed against him by Mr. George Uboh.
Appearing for him, his lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, told members of the Senate Committee that his client travelled abroad to seek medical attention.
Lamorde, who was replaced by Mr. Ibrahim Magu, a top level official of the Economic and Governance Unit of the EFCC, has been the EFCC chairman since 2011.
In August, the Senate commenced the probe of the ex-EFCC boss following a petition written by one Uboh alleging that Lamorde diverted the sum recovered from a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and former Inspector-General of Police, Tafa Balogun, to his personal account.
Uboh alleged that Lamorde diverted the funds when he was the agency’s Director of Operations between 2003 and 2007, and when he was acting Chairman of the commission in 2008.