Why EFCC boss was fired



Reps beam searchlights on CCT chairman, Umar

THE sack of the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, has been linked to his handling of the Corruption case against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Dan Ladi Umar, who was being investigated for taking bribes from a former Comptroller of Customs (names withheld).

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is looking into a petition filed by Anti-Corruption Network (ACN) alleging that the chairman of the CCT was unduly exempted from facing criminal allegations of financial impropriety amounting N44.5 million.

Based on documents signed by Former Attorney General, the EFCC’s investigation revealed that Umar did not only meet the accused, he also accepted the bribe through his Personal Assistant, just as he allegedly kept on pestering the former customs boss for the balance of the N10 million that he had requested. Helpless to meet up with the balance, the Comptroller petitioned the EFCC in the case against Umar. The EFCC reportedly launched a case against him and found out that he texted the Customs boss his account number using his own mobile phone number (withheld).

Umar also sent the former customs boss the details of his Personal assistant (names withheld) to Comptroller’s telephone number (withheld).

The former NIS comptroller reportedly paid N1.8 million into Umar account, which his personal assistant withdrew the same day, precisely on December 12, 2012. After reviewing the facts of the bribery case, Bello Adoke (SAN), the former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan on May 7, 2014, stating: “In light of the foregoing, therefore, Your Excellency may wish to initiate the necessary steps for the removal of the Chairman.”

Lamorde reportedly wrote back to the AGF stating that there was, in fact, strong evidence to suggest an attempt by Umar to “cover up” the bribery scandal.

Sources yesterday said the Chairman of the EFCC might have dropped the charges against Umar, because the Senate started investigating him on August 26, 2015.

In the petition addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, ACN wondered why the EFCC failed to comply with the directive by the in Attorney General of the Federation via a letter ref HAGF/EFCC/2014/Vol.1/19 dated 26 June 2014, that Umar is subjected to a probe of criminal allegations leveled against him and one Malam Ali Gambo.

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  • Chinweike Anugwolu

    Every body will end up going to jail. Corruption is an institution in Nigeria every body is connected in one way or another just pray they dont turn the search Light on u. But PDP allowed lot of things to be.

    • charlieakpeumoh

      Q.E.D! Brother, you’re damn right; only God knows!!

  • Gabriel Akande


  • Msen

    Pure conjecture.

  • duwdu

    Other news sources reported earlier, that the said N1.8 mil was allegedly paid to Umar’s assistant (not to Umar himself as the Guaedia’s own speculation goes,) who claimed he gave the money to Umar, but that the same assistant later recanted, that he never gave the money to Umar, but scammed the money for himself. Note the mischievous manner in which the Guardian conveniently omitted that the assistant later recanted his story?

    Besides the fact that the Guardian is mostly late with its speculative stories, as in this case, investigative journalism is NOT this newspaper’s calling. It should go and take a crash course on investigative journalism from the PremiumTimes.

    Honestly, the Guardian Newspapers has gone to the dogs in its current run, form, and management. It’s merely a PDP megaphone, as I indicated in a number of my comments on some other stories by the paper.

    ‘Nuff said.


    • charlieakpeumoh

      Even if this internationally reputable newspaper, the Guardian is, according to you, “merely a PDP megaphone …“, still you display here the same miserable penchant for greed, which the party you belong to – obviously the APC, is shamelessly known for. You and your party want to control every news media in Nigeria alone – as if Nigeria is a one party State!!! You want every citizen’s opinion to favour only your party, the APC, even though your party members are also neck-deep in this crime of corruption! The Nigerian Judiciary has now been largely compromised due to daily interferences from APC elements, who are now behaving like little Italian Mafioso’s! Assuming the Guardian has chosen to be on the part of truth, isn’t that democracy-in-practice? Why don’t you simply stop reading the Guardian and go ahead and read the Punch and other similar media organs, which are “praise-singers” of the ruling party? Then there will be peace! You choose to believe whatever the APC-led- factory churns out (good or bad), then go ahead! But leave others alone to choose where they wish belong to or which newspaper wants to support whatever party. OK? My good friend, may I remind you that, ***this is Nigeria; not Uganda! Gbam!

  • frankbuttrue

    Only God knows how much he was paid to ridicule the Senate President the way he did.

    • charlieakpeumoh

      Yes! You’re damn right; only God knows!! But a pointer to the fact that, this same Chairman of the CCT, Dan Ladi Umar, has “a lot of skeletons in his cupboard” or is “cobwebs in his wardrobe”?
      And Nigerians shall see how the current investigation of the aforesaid petition addressed to the Speaker, House of Rep. pans out!