Flash: Court Orders Arrest Of EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde

An Abuja High Court has ordered the arrest of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, for disobeying a valid court order.

Justice Peter Kekemeke directed the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar to apprehend the EFCC boss and an operative of the anti-graft agency, Mr Friday Ebelo and keep in prison custody within the next two weeks, except they apologize to a lawyer whose fundamental human rights were allegedly violated by the commission.

However, the EFCC has disclosed that it has perfected plans to appeal the ruling.

The court had on March 8 and December 5, 2012, ordered Lamorde to release the call-to-bar certificate of one Mr Innocent Onwu, an Abuja-based lawyer, apologize to him through a national newspaper as well as pay him N50, 000 as compensation.

Onwu had on October 31, 2011 initiated a fundamental rights enforcement proceeding after he was detained by the EFCC between June 27 and July 1, 2011 without order of court based on a petition by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, accusing him of complicity in fraud pertaining to a case he was investigating for a client.

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