Barring any last minute reversal, strong indications have emerged that the Senate may issue a warrant for the arrest of a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde this week.
According to information gathered, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, may be ordered to arrest Lamorde, who is currently undergoing a course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.
Last Thursday, the Senate called on its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to begin the process of issuing a warrant for the police officer’s arrest.
The former Chairman of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency is currently being investigated following a petition against him by one Dr. George Uboh.
In his petition, Uboh, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Panic Alert Security Systems, accused the former EFCC boss of diverting over N1tn the anti-graft agency recovered from treasury looters.
The petitioner alleged that under Lamorde, the EFCC opened bank accounts for the funds it recovered from corrupt officials, but the funds did not reflect in the agency’s audited accounts.
A high profile source close to the polity squealed on Sunday that Arase might get Lamorde’s arrest warrant this week.
The source confirmed that the ethics panel had forwarded its request to the Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The source said, “I am not sure there will be any delay. The arrest warrant will be sent to the appropriate quarters anytime this week.”