1. Lamorde was asked to invite top members of the PDP to Explain how they embezzled N12billion campaign funds, he refused and said that would amount to recklessness and unprofessionalism by the Commission. He felt such unnecessary vendetta would tarnish the image of the Commission and make it lose respect in the eyes of ordinary Nigerians and the international community. He complained to President Buhari that in the past such attempts to use EFCC to fight perceived political opponents by the presidency had in no small way dented the image of the EFCC. The former PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu, Uche Secundus and other principal actors including Olisa Metuh who had been too critical of the government were all to be invited.
2. The refusal of EFCC to go after donors of funds to the Goodluck Jonathan campaign was also another factor. A list of businessmen/women who donated to the Goodluck/Sambo presidential campaign was given to the EFCC Chair and he was asked to invite all of them for questioning, a move Lamorde also said was ethically wrong and would have adverse effects on the image of the EFCC and the government. Lamorde was asked to charge the Director of Finance of the Presidential Campaign Organization, Nenadi Usman who was in charge of disbursing campaign funds to various directorates of the campaign organisation. Lamorde eventually invited her for questioning and later released her on bail because he felt the commission did not have sufficient evidence against her to suggest any corrupt act. This, it was learnt, greatly angered President Buhari and he felt Lamorde was not ready to do his bidding.
3. Godswill Akpabio was another case of Lamorde proving he was not ready to do as dictated to. An instruction was given to the EFCC czar to prosecute Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Senate Minority Leader, at all cost even if the allegations against him appear frivolous. The instruction was to have Akpabio rattled and embarrassed by charging him to court for any allegation no matter how concocted. Yes, Lamorde invited Senator Akpabio in for questioning but after all the questioning the Commission did not find any evidence to justify a charge against him in spite of a purported plethora of petitions against him. This also provoked the presidency as they started seeing Lamorde as a stumbling block on the path of achieving their personal vendetta against political opponents.
4. Deizani Alison Madueke and her associates: the straw that finally broke the camel’s back was the order to arrest and charge all the associates of Deizani Alison Madueke, former Minister of Petroleum, as handed down to the former EFCC chairman by the Chief of Staff to the president at the behest of President Buhari. Although, Mr. Lamorde invited all those their names were forwarded to him and they were all interrogated, he did not find any conclusive evidence against them to warrant a charge according to our sources in EFCC. Our source also said Mr. Lamorde was of the opinion that most of the petitions against the people could not be proven in any court of law after the explanations from all of them. Consequently, Lamorde had gone on to brief the president on this issue but the president had told his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, that it seemed Lamorde was not ready to fight corruption their way.
Jude Ndukwe – Abuja
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