OrderPaperToday – Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde today shunned a summons of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

The committee headed by Senator Sam Anyanwu had asked Lamorde to appear before it today over allegations of misappropriation of trillion naira proceeds of corruption.

The investigation of Lamorde was initiated before he was removed from office recently, a development which temporarily stalled the probe.

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But the committee was addressed by Legal activist, Festus Keyamo who said the Senate was oblivious of its powers and was wrong in inviting the former EFCC chairman.

Keyamo told newsmen in Abuja shortly after the committee session that the Senate could only summon for investigation, individuals that hold public offices or are on the verge of holding public offices.

He said that he still had great respect for the Senate but that the rule as enshrined in the Constitution was greater than any Nigerian.

He insisted that Lamorde upon commencement of terminal leave was now a private individual that could not be investigated by the Senate.

He denied insinuations that Lamorde had gone on exile to evade prosecution.

Earlier, the Senate Committee said that the former EFCC boss must appear before the committee in person and could not send a representative or a lawyer.

The committee disregarded the plea by Keyamo and insisted that Larmode must honour the summon and appear before the committee on November 24.

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