The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, will on Wednesday begin investigation of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, over allegations of diversion of stolen funds recovered from looters. This was however, in spite of intervention on Monday by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Senate Caucus, warning the Committee not to venture into the proposed probe to avoid overheating the polity.
Dr. George Uboh, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Panic Alert Security Systems, had petitioned the Senate through the senator representing Delta North Senatorial District, Peter Nwaoboshi, alleging that Lamorde, in connivance with other EFCC officials, short-changed the Federal Government in the remittance of funds and properties recovered from the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Tafa Balogun.
Following this petition, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, which is chaired by Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP, Imo East) invited the petitioner to appear before the it at Meeting Room 120 of the New Senate Building, National Assembly Complex in Abuja by 10am today.
But the PDP Senate Caucus, in a statement signed by the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio; his deputy, Emmanuel Bwacha; Minority Whip, Philip Aduda; and his deputy, Biodun Olujimi, kicked against the planned probe, cautioning against unnecessarily heating up the polity.
However, the Chairman of the Probe Panel, Senator Anyanwu, while clarifying the position of the intended investigation, in the face of the controversy earlier raised by the opposition lawmakers, said that the PDP leadership in the Senate acted on misinformation.