By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has restrained the Senate and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase from arresting the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, over his alleged complicity in N1 trillion fraud.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole issued the order on the basis of an ex-parte motion Lamorde filed before the court through his lawyer, Mr. Festus Ukpue.
The former EFCC boss had in the application dated March 7, pleaded the court to stop the Senate from issuing a warrant of arrest for his arrest, pending the hearing and determination of a substantive suit he lodged before the court.
Lamorde was earlier summoned by the Senate to account for funds the anti-graft agency, under his leadership, seized from some alleged corrupt public office holders.
The funds were said to have been re-looted, with no concrete record kept on how it was remitted or utilised.
Meanwhile, instead of honouring the invitation by the legislative house, the ex-EFCC Chairman ran before the court with a suit challenging the investigative process the lawmakers initiated against him.