Disregard Senate’s ‘Illegal’ Arrest Warrant, Ex-EFCC Boss, Lamorde Tells Police

The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, has asked the Nigeria Police to disregard the Senate’s order for his arrest.

In a statement issued by his lawyer, Festus Keyamo, Mr. Lamorde said the police and other law enforcement agencies should resist the invitation to drag themselves into “this illegal scheme.”

“We most respectfully urge the Nigeria Police Force to await the outcome of the matter pending in court before deciding one way or the other about the enforcement of the said Warrant of Arrest, if eventually issued,” Mr. Lamorde said in a statement on Thursday.

“If the court decides otherwise against our position, our client is prepared to appear before the Senate or any of its Committees.”

The Senate on Thursday issued a warrant for Mr. Lamorde’s arrest for repeatedly failing to appear before its committee on Ethics, Privileges, and Public Petitions.

The committee, chaired by Samuel Anyanwu, investigating Mr. Lamorde for alleged corruption, had requested for the arrest warrant.

Mr. Lamorde, a commissioner of police currently on course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), was removed as EFCC chairman in November last year, four years after he took over as head of the anti-graft agency.

Three months earlier, a petitioner, George Uboh, had accused Mr. Lamorde of diverting about N1 trillion proceeds of corruption recovered by the agency, prompting a Senate committee to commence an investigation.

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions invited Mr. Lamorde to a “meeting” on August 26 but the former EFCC boss failed to attend.

Another letter of invitation from the Senate committee was sent to Mr. Lamorde proposing another meeting on November 5.

Again, Mr. Lamorde was unable to attend the meeting.

On November 11, the Senate committee issued another invitation letter to Mr. Lamorde urging him to appear before them on November 17.

Mr. Lamorde also failed to appear on the said date, with his lawyer? saying he was out of the country on his three-month terminal leave.

On November 19, Mr. Lamorde instituted a legal action at the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking an interpretation of the powers of the Senate with respect to investigations.

“Both the Senate and the Committee were served with the Originating Summons and a Motion seeking an Interlocutory Injunction restraining the Senate from continuing with their investigations pending the determination of the suit,” Mr. Lamorde’s statement read.

“The processes were served on them on 20th November, 2015, but since then, they have refused, ignored and failed to file any process in defence of the suit.”

Mr. Lamorde said he would appear before the Senate or any of its Committees if the court decides against him.

“In any event, the Senate Standing Rules are clear to the effect that matters pending before a court of law should not be deliberated upon or discussed on the floor of the Senate or any of its Committees,” he said.

“This is the reason why our client’s case is clearly different from the case of other citizens against whom Warrants of Arrest have been issued by competent courts of law.

“Whilst there is no restriction on the powers of a court of law to issue a Warrant of Arrest against anybody who fails to honour its Summons, the Senate’s own rules forbid it to do anything in respect of matters that are pending in a court of law.

“The conducts of the Senate and the Committee amount to legislative rascality as they seek to usurp the powers of the judiciary and to undermine its authority.”

Osun Security Council Commends Police, Others For Foiling Robbery Attack On Banks

The Osun State Security Council has on Monday commended the Police and other security agencies that foiled the bank  robbery incident in Ikirun last Friday.

Addressing journalists after the state security council meeting, Osun Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kola Sodipo, held that security agencies in the state needs to be lauded for their gallantry, utmost sense of duty and professionalism.

The Osun CP represented by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations) ACP Jesubiyi Taiwo, stated that the Police and other security agencies swiftly responded to the security challenge with superior firepower.

He added that the recorded success was the result of the Armoured Personnel Carriers provided the police by the state government, stressing that four of the robbers were killed while four have been arrested.

The Police boss assured the people of the state of its readiness to protect lives and property, maintain peace and deter any criminal activity in the state.

He said, “Last Friday, armed bandits attacked three commercial banks in Ikirun, in Ifelodun Local Government area of the state, these bandits came with sophisticated weapons and explosive devices.

“The police responded swiftly with superior firepower, four of the robbers were killed while four others have been arrested. Sums of money were also recovered from the robbers. Every effort is being made to apprehend other members of the gang who are in hiding.

“Regrettably, ‎two police officers and two bank officials lost their lives during the operation. The state security council wishes to commend the police and other security agencies that rose to the occasion for their gallantry.”.

He informed the people of the need for safety precautions in any emergency situation in the nature of armed threat to lives and property involving bandits and other criminals.

The CP stressed‎ that emergencies required special attention, adding that in case of armed robbery and other armed threats, the first reaction expected from people is to run for safety in other to avoid being hit by stray bullets.

Acco‎rding to him, “Emergencies require special response. In cases of armed robbers, insurgents and other armed threats, the first reaction of the people should be to run for safety, lock themselves in and alert security agencies on their emergency numbers, in order to avoid being hit by stray bullets.

“It is most advisable to lie on the floor until it is safe to get up. Please, on no account should people come out to view the engagement of the threat by armed security agencies. It is very dangerous”. The police boss emphasised.

He stated that Police and other security agencies are prepared to keep citizens safe and will do their job to ensure a safer society.

Security agencies whose heads were present at the meeting included the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Prisons Service, the Civil Defense, Nigerian Immigration Services, Federal Roads Safety Corps.

APCs Provided By Aregbesola Assisted Us In Arresting Ikirun Robbery Suspects – Police

The Osun State Police Command has arrested four suspected armed robbers who invaded three commercial banks in Ikirun town in the state.

Items recovered from the suspects include over seven million Naira cash, three AK 47 rifles, 124 ammunition, one assault rifle with 12 rounds of live ammunition and a vehicle.

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‎The State Commissioner of Police, Kola Shodipo, said that the police were on the trail of other members of the syndicate at large and urged members of the public to report any suspicious movement.

Shodipo told reporters that the Armoured Personnel Carrier provided to the police by Governor Rauf Aregbesola assisted them in arresting the suspects.

While stating that the age of the suspects ranged between 21 and 26, the Commissioner of Police called for better community policing to engender unity between the police and the people to rid the society of criminals.

Ikirun Residents Commend Aregbesola For Equipping Police, Making State Crime Free

By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo

Residents of Ikirun, the headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Area on Saturday February 13, 2016, commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for security measures put in place to reduce crime rate in the state.

A cross section of the people sojourning in the sleepy community also expressed their gratitude to the police for the work well done during a bank robbery attack on Friday where 5 suspected armed robbers were gunned down. The sojourners eulogized Aregbesola for boosting security in the state.

Speaking with our correspondents at the scene of the incident on Saturday, Mr Bola Olaifa said if not for the quick intervention of the Armored Personnel Carrier APC, the robbers would have succeeded in their operation.

Olaifa noted that the robbers in their previous attacks on the bank; succeeded about two times, carting away millions of naira and killing innocent people.

He therefore appealed to the state governor to continue investing on security so the state can remain crime free.

Echoing a similar view, Mr Wahab also known as Olo, lauded the quick intervention of policemen.

Olo further explained it is now that they know the usefulness and the important Armored Personnel Carriers placed in some strategy places in the state.

“When Governor Aregbesola was donating the APCs some of the residents of the state especially those who didn’t appreciate the good work of the governor were condemning the gesture tagging it as an avenue to loot the state treasury but we can now see the usefulness of the APCs and its effectiveness”. He said.

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Security Patrol Vans acquired by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the Nigerian Police in the state of Osun

He however charged the governor on the need for him not to relent in his effort in making the state crime free.

He also sympathized with the family of the police man who lost his life during the gun battle and urged the Nigeria Police to redouble their effort in ensuring security of lives and properties.

It would be recalled that Governor Aregbesola in 2013 donated Armored Personnel Carriers and hundreds of patrol vehicles to security agencies such as army, FRSC, NDLEA and the Civil Defence to enhance security of lives and properties in the state.

How We Regularly Share Largess From Police Commissioner – Journalists

Journalists under the aegis of Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria have explained how they regularly share largess given to them by the commissioner of Police in Lagos State so they can report positively of the police in his command.

Police settles journalists

In a discussion with the Police Public Relations Officer Ms. Dolapo Badmus, President of the Association, Mr. Christopher Orji, the journalists explained that the Association benefits from Police largesse, but complained that some reporters merely collect money shared by the Police during conferences without getting stories of the Police published in the newspapers they represent.

Watch video of the confession below:

Video Credit: Sahara Reporters