The hunter has become the hunted may best title the challenge of credibility hanging on the neck of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Larmode. But recent development suggests the chief anti-graft officer of the country will not go down without a fight.
Information coming from EFCC as published by the The Cable is accusing the Senate of scandalizing the EFCC Chairman as pay back for the recent probe of Toyin, wife of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
A petition to the Senate by one George Uboh has accused Mr. Larmode of diverting over N1 trillion recovered from Politicians and other public servants involved in corrupt practices.
Former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha; and ex-Inspector-General of Police, Tafa Balogun were specifically mentioned as those who the EFCC Chairman tampered with funds and properties recovered from them.
But the source with the commission told The Cable that “what is supposedly a petition to the senate is engineered by the leadership of the senate because we are investigating the wife of the President of the Senate.”
Meanwhile, the Senate has directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the allegations. The petitioner, George Uboh and the accused, Ibrahim Larmode, have been invited by the Senate to appear before the committee on Wednesday.
Mr. Uboh accused Mr. Larmode of carrying out many diversions while he served as the Director of Operations of the EFCC between 2003 and 2007 and also as an acting Chairman of the commission between June 2007 and May 2008.
In March 2013, according to the petitioner, Mr. Larmode then as Chief operating officer of the EFCC, diverted the sum of N779m out of the total N3bn forfeited by former police chief, Tafa Balogun to the Federal Government.
Mr. Uboh also alleged that the EFCC boss conspired with some officials of the anti-graft agency to under-remit the former IG’s forfeited funds of about N5.85bn into the Consolidated Revenue Account by holding back about N2.65bn.
This development may just be the beginning of more revelations and an opportunity other convicted persons, Like Emmanuel Nwude and Amaka Anajemba are waiting for to tell of their experience in the hands of the on the EFCC and its boss.