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EFCC BOSS, ACCUSED OF STEALING ONE TRILLION NAIRA

EFCC BOSS, ACCUSED OF STEALING ONE TRILLION NAIRA

By Charles C. Opara
The chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde has been accused of diverting about N1trillion recovered from Ex-Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Tafa Balogun.The accuser, Mr. George Uboh in his petition to the Senate said he is ready to produce overwhelming evidence to back his claims against the EFCC boss. Mr. Uboh’s petition said the EFCC has not accounted for offshore recoveries and over half of the assets seized from suspects are not reflected in EFCC exhibition records. Mr. Uboh also accused the Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde of conniving with some EFCC officials and external auditors to operate and conceal a recovery account at the Central Bank of Nigeria and excluded the balances from audited financial statements between 2005 and 2011.
The petitioner said Lamorde continues to conceal details of the unsold properties forfeited by Tafa Balogun despite receiving rent revenues from estate agents on the said properties. Mr. Uboh also accused Lamorde of diverting N779million out of the N3billion Tafa Balogun forfeited to the Federal Government in March 2013 and equally held back about N2.65billion out of N5.85billion seized from the former Inspector-General of Police.
Also, Mr. Uboh alleged that Ibrahim Lamorde conspired with some EFCC officials to remit to Bayelsa State N3.1billion instead of N4.3billion recovered from former Governor Alamieyeseigha.
The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition has invited Mr. Uboh and the EFCC boss to appear before the Committee.

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