Former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to remove the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, from office.
He alleged that Lamorde played some roles in the $15m offered former EFCC chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, by former Delta State Governor James Ibori.
Unlike Lamorde’s claim, Clark insisted that the money belonged to the Delta State Government. Clark spoke in Abuja on Tuesday at a press briefing.
He alleged that there were contradictions and lies in the affidavit deposed to by the EFCC concerning the Ibori’s $15m bribe.
For example, he said the affidavit deposed to on August 10 2012 by Bello Yahaya, a Police officer attached to the EFCC on behalf of the anti corruption agency, “put the anti-graft agency not only in ridicule, but portray it as an agency not transparent, competent and committed to war against corruption”
He said, “In paragraph seven of the his affidavit, Yahaya claimed ‘That I know as a fact that the said $15m is an unclaimed property and no one has claimed or shown any link to the sum’.
“This is not true as in September 2009, the Delta State Elders and Leaders Stakeholders Forum in a protest march that took them to the Central Bank of Nigeria premises in Abuja submitted a written petition to the Governor of Central Bank urging him to refund the money to the Delta State Government as Ibori, as an individual, could not have raised the said huge sum.
“Also in the charges that were later dropped by the London Crown Court against James Ibori and in the statement of former EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu statements to the Metropolitan Police, the ownership of the said money were not in doubt.”
Efforts made to speak with the Acting Head of Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren were not successful as calls made to his mobile telephone indicated that it was switched off.
He also did not respond to a text message sent to the telephone as well.