Fidelity bank banner Camano banner
Alleged diversion of N1 trillion: Lamorde shuns Senate, says: ‘I will not appear until court decides against me’

By Mayowa Okekale, Abuja on 26/02/2016

Views: 1,744

Following the decision of the Senate, yesterday, for the arrest of former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, his lawyer has asked the Nigeria Police to disregard the order, adding that his client would not appear before the Senate or any of its committees until the court decides against him.

In a statement issued last night, Festus Keyamo said ‎the police and other law enforcement agencies should resist the invitation to drag themselves into what he described as an “illegal scheme”, while he pleaded with  the Police to await the outcome of the matter which is still pending in court.

His words: “The conducts of the Senate and the committee amount to legislative rascality, as they seek to usurp the powers of the judiciary and to undermine its authority. We most respectfully urge the Nigeria Police Force to await the outcome of the matter pending in court before deciding one way or the other about the enforcement of the said warrant of arrest, if eventually issued. If the court decides otherwise against our position, our client is prepared to appear before the Senate or any of its committees.”

During its plenary on Thursday, the Senate issued a warrant for the arrest of Alhaji Ibrahim Lamorde, because of his refusal to appear before its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, over a petition filed by one Mr George Uboh, which alleged that he had diverted about N1 trillion proceeds from corruption cases recovered by the agency. This prompted the relevant Senate committee to commence an investigation.

It was gathered that the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions had invited the former EFCC chairman four different four times, last year, but he reportedly failed to appear. Along the line, the upper chamber sources noted rather than responding to the committee’s invitation, his lawyer‎ said “he was out of the country on his three-month terminal leave.”

In his Thursday’s statement, Keyamo recalled: “Both the Senate and the committee were served with the originating summons and a motion seeking an interlocutory injunction restraining the Senate from continuing with their investigations, pending the determination of the suit. The processes were served on them on 20th November, 2015, but since then, they have refused, ignored and failed to file any process in defence of the suit.

“In any event, the Senate Standing Rules are clear to the effect that matters pending before a court of law should not be deliberated upon or discussed on the floor of the Senate or any of its committees. This is the reason why our client’s case is clearly different from the case of other citizens against whom warrants of arrest have been issued by competent courts of law. Whilst there is no restriction on the powers of a court of law to issue a warrant of arrest against anybody who fails to honour its summons, the Senate’s own rules forbid it to do anything in respect of matters that are pending in a court of law.”

•Photo shows Lamorde.

Source News Express

Posted 26/02/2016 5:19:57 PM





You may also like...
MTN seeks to reduce $5.2bn NCC fine

Workers hail Uju Aisha Hassan Baba over moves...

Women at the frontline

Economic Challenges: Cultivate the spirit of sacrifice, Okorocha...

NiMet predicts thunderstorms, rains for Wednesday

Air Traffic Engineers demand technological upgrade in Nigeria’s...

Army holds completion for officers Aug. 13 to...

DR Congo Ebola death toll passes 500

Military has no business policing public assemblies, By...

Another devastating storm set to hit Britain

Obasanjo registers with Coalition for Nigeria but vows...

Anambra 2017: UPP only platform for political redirection,...


Latest News Election Tribunal: The hurdles before Atiku — Lawyers North-East, North-Central battle for senate presidency Lagos Govt defends racist Chinese restaurant Fireworks in Fayose’s trial as judge, EFCC’s lawyer clash Ex-football star arrested for drug trafficking NDLEA uncovers another drug factory in Enugu INEC setting dangerous, evil precedence with inconclusive polls — Dogara NDDC steps up partnership with EU on sustainable water projects Imo workers reject Okorocha’s electronic payment Three dead as robbers, police clash in Lagos Court orders arrest of Bayelsa politician, two others over abduction of DCP Okunola 2019 elections, a rape of democracy, says Labour


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (460,715 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (410,314 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (346,236 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (297,143 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (261,463 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (236,409 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (222,512 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (204,226 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (192,546 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (177,066 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (176,862 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (175,716 views)


NLNG call for entries

CBN banner


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (81) Business & Economy (4,094) Business Verdict (60) Columnists (1,007) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (596) Features (725) Global Business Monitor (327) ICT Monitor (23) International (3,200) Interview (174) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (153) Maggie's Blog (189) News (44,078) Opinion (1,204) Pidgin (17) Politics (10,287) Religion (960) Sports (1,925) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update





APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera