Start Your Anti-Graft War With The Trial Of Fleeing Ex-EFCC Boss Ibrahim Lamorde, Northern Youths Urge Buhari
Northern Youths under the auspices of Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) on Monday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to start his anti-corruption war with the arrest and trial of former Chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ), Ibrahim Lamorde for misappropriating recovered loot worth over N1trillion.
Lamorde has since last year fled abroad following a probe into his mismanagement and diversion of over N1trillion recovered from corrupt persons. He has failed to honour several invitations by the Senate and House of Reps panels investigating allegations of corruption against him, insisting that he is innocent of the accusations.
The youths condemned the invasion of residence of a former Comptroller-General of Customs, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, by EFCC operatives of, describing it as undemocratic, barbaric and worst form of prosecution. NYCN alleged that the EFCC also failed to obtain search warrant before barging into Dikko’s residence and scattered his family and personal belongings.
The group said it was in support of the war against corruption, saying it should have started with former EFCC boss, Ibrahim Lamorde, who allegedly failed to account for a whopping N1trillion recovered loot to proof to the world that charity begins at home.
Addressing newsmen on Monday in Kaduna, National President of NYCN, Comrade Isah Abubakar, said EFCC should accept blame for its inability to get Dikko at home, adding that the commission’s ways of tracking suspects are full of disappointments.
He said, “In 2009, Alhaji Dikko set benchmark in capacity building especially in terms of service delivery, breaking new grounds in areas of re-orientation, training and retraining of customs officers.
“The NYCN is once more constrained to bring to the notice of Nigerians the opportunistic antics devised by EFCC in their quest to remain relevant by abusing people’s right, while applying tactics that had since become obsolete and uncivilized.”