In a case of the hunter becoming the hunted, the House of Representatives has resolved to probe the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged diversion of about one trillion naira (N1trillion) of proceeds of corruption.
The House accordingly mandated its Committees on Financial Crimes and Drug and Narcotics to jointly investigate the matter and report back to plenary.
The resolution to probe the anti-graft agency followed a motion raised by Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor (PDP, Delta State) as a matter of urgent national importance during plenary on Tuesday. The motion titled ‘urgent need to investigate the non-remittance of Court-forfeited funds and properties by the EFCC into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the federation and for other related matters’ was carried after a debate by members.
Leading the debate, Mr. Ogor referenced a petition by one Mr. George Uboh against “present and past leaders of the EFCC over diversion of funds meant to be paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation as stipulated by Section 31 subsection 2 and 3 of the EFCC Act of 2004.”
According to him, the House by Section 88(I) of the 1999 Constitution as amended is empowered to investigate the alleged diversion of funds by past and present leaders of the EFCC. Ibrahim Lamorde is the current Executive Chairman of the anti-graft body. He is also being investigated by the senate over Mr. Uboh’s petition.
The House also resolved that the Solicitor-General at the Federal Ministry of Justice should re-assign the petition by Mr. Uboh against the EFCC to either the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) or the Police for an unbiased investigation.
Reported by Alex Okoro|Oct. 27, 2015