Following the soon to commence probe of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, by the senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions, the EFCC boss has declared his readiness to answer questions from the committee.
Lamorde also denied diverting N1trillion of assets recovered from corrupt officials, as alleged by the managing director of Public Alert Security Systems, George Uboh, who petitioned the senate committee.
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The committee has already summoned Lamorde to appear them on Wednesday when an investigation into the matter begins, Premium Times reports.
In a statement signed by the head of media and publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwajuren, Lamorde said he had no fear as regards the probe noting that he has no objection to any “request for information regarding its activities by individuals, groups or organs of government; so far as such requests followed due process of law”.
The statement also revealed that the anti-graft body has commissioned KPMG to carry out a comprehensive audit of exhibits and forfeited assets in 12 years of its existence, adding that the report would be made public at the end of the exercise.
“The EFCC as an agency that is founded on transparency is not afraid of any ‘probe’ or request for information regarding its activities by individuals, groups or organs of government; so far as such requests followed due process of law,” the statement said.
“The EFCC under Lamorde did not need the prompting of anyone, when it commissioned a reputable international audit firm, KPMG to carry out comprehensive audit of exhibits and forfeited assets of the Commission from 2003 to date. The report of the audit will be made public once it is ready.
"Were the Commission to be jittery about its records, it would not have embarked on such audit, " the statement said.
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In a related development, a former boss of the EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has revealed that, most national investments are done with money gotten through illegal means.