1trillion graft: highcourt prevents police from arresting EFCC boss

A federal high court sitting in Abuja, today restrained the Inspector General of Police, Mr Arase, from arresting, harassing or questioning the just retired former boss of EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde. Mr Lamorde is being accused over his involvement in several shady deals bodering on money laundering. He is also being accused of misappropriating over 1 trillion naira.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole issued the order on the basis of an ex-parte motion Lamorde filed before the court through his lawyer, Mr. Festus Ukpue. The former EFCC boss had in the application prayed the court to stop the Senate from issuing a warrant for his arrest, pending the hearing and determination of a substantive suit he lodged before the court.

Lamorde was earlier summoned by the Senate to account for funds the anti-graft agency, under his leadership, seized from some alleged corrupt public office holders. The funds were said to have been re-looted, with no record kept on how it was remitted or utilized. Meanwhile, without honoring the invitation by the legislative house, Lamorde ran before the court with a suit challenging the investigative process the lawmakers initiated against him.

Justice Kolawole, after listening to the ex-parte motion, ordered: “A limited order of injunction is hereby granted to restrain the defendants, pending when they are heard on the reply to the plaintiff’s motion on notice. “That the plaintiff’s counsel is hereby directed to obtain a certified true copy of the order in this ruling, and cause same to be served on the Inspector-General of Police.”