The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Monday described as infantile a report suggesting that the Senate was set to probe its Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, over alleged diversion of N1 trillion, saying the allegation assaults the sensibilities of stakeholders in the anti-corruption war.
According to the report in a national daily, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions will tomorrow commence investigation into alleged fraudulent diversion of over N1 trillion proceeds of corruption recovered by the commission.
But Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, Head of Media and Publicity, said in a statement that the EFCC ordinarily, would not have dignified the report with a response since it was apparent that the motive of the promoters of the report and their allies in the media was to impugn the integrity of its chairman with fabricated stories of corruption.
It, however, noted that it was constrained to respond to the report in order to expose the motive behind the sinister plot, saying “the claim of N1trillion corruption in the EFCC is infantile and assaults the sensibilities of all reasonable stakeholders in the anti-corruption fight”.
Uwujaren pointed out that even if it had “not returned a kobo of recovered assets in its 12 years of existence in addition to the yearly appropriated funds from the Federation Account, it will be nowhere near a trillion naira.”
“This clearly exposes the mission of the so-called petitioner as nothing more than mischief, designed to smear Lamorde. More sinister is the discovery that the so-called petition did not follow the procedure for consideration by the Senate. It was sent, not to the Senate, but to a member of the Senate, Peter Nwaoboshi, a first-term senator from Delta North”, it noted.
The anti-graft agency observed that under the Senate rules, petitions meant for consideration by the red chamber are sent to the Senate, not to a member of the Senate.
PDP Senate caucus wants committee to suspend hearing
Meanwhile, the PDP caucus in the Senate has urged the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to suspend public hearing in the probe of Lamorde on the grounds that it was ill-timed.
Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio; Minority Whip Philip Aduda; Deputy Minority Leader E Bwacha and Deputy Minority Whip Abiodun Olujimi, in a statement urged the Senate Committee to stop the probe as the position of the caucus.