Thursday, 27 August 2015

Police IG, Arase Moving Against Lamorde

Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has informed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that his office will recall all police officers who are currently serving for the commission.

This was revealed by a source close in the police headquarters in Abuja who told reporters that Arase had issued a letter which directed the EFCC to list out all officers in the category, and forward to his office without delay.

The source revealed that the plan, if implemented would affect key leaders and investigators at the anti-graft agency – including the EFCC chairman – who has also spent more than five years at the commission.

Lamorde has spent 12 years working for the EFCC.

He began working for the commission in 2003 when he was appointed as the director of operations under Nuhu Ribadu’s leadership of the agency.

He was then promoted to acting chairman in January 2008 after Ribadu’s was removed in unceremonious circumstances.

Sources say that most of the officers which will be recalled are among key investigators at the anti-graft agency, a number of them trained abroad.

Mr. Arase’s motive for his strange decision to redeploy officers is still uncertain but it’s expected that this move will weaken activities of the EFCC especially as it is revving up the war against corruption.

However, police spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu has denied any knowledge of existence of such a letter.

He however confirmed that there is a “routine movement” of police officers attached to various agencies including the EFCC, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Security and Exchange Commission, among many others.
“This routine movement of officers by the IGP is in order to allow the officers gather other experiences,” Mr. Ojukwu said.

He also rubbished claims that this move will weaken the EFCC and said: “That is nonsense talk. Any police officer is an investigator and every police officer can work anywhere.”

He then announced that reshuffling is expected in the police and it could occur at any time as ordered by the police chief.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, also denied having any knowledge of such redeployment of its staff members.

This comes as the EFCC is currently being probed by the Nigerian senate of claims made by one George Ubor who says that the commission has diverted over N1 trillion assets it recovered from corrupt people. Mr. Ubor himself is being prosecuted by the commission.”