A fresh call from over twenty civil society organisations calling for the immediate sack of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde.
Members of the CSOs under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Liberties and Equity, who protested at the Abuja office of EFCC on Tuesday , alleged that the EFCC has been compromised by a powerful cabal, made up of politicians and others.
It said such an agency cannot tackle corruption. It advised that if the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari must successfully tackle the endemic corruption in the system, there was need to remove Lamorde who they described as a clog in the wheels of development.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Mr. Stanley Onukwufor, national publicity secretary said: “We have looked into what is happening in the country.
We cannot take it. EFCC ought to be a good agency. They did well in the past and prosecuted corrupt people. But it has turned into something else. So many things have happened.
Things have gone wrong. We have a president who wants change and wants things turned around. “We are out to let Nigerians know that we want change in EFCC. The only thing EFCC does is to arrest little thieves. What about the former governors who looted the treasures of their respective states? Why is EFCC not prosecuting them? Most of these politicians are known to be corrupt.
EFCC takes some of them to court and that is where everything ends. Lamorde must go in order to bring change in EFCC.” Some of the placards carried by the protesters read: “Sack Lamorde now; Cabals have hijacked EFCC; Buhari merge EFCC, ICPC now; Lamorde has been compromised, among others.
Meanwhile, the EFCC has said those protesting and out to tarnish the image of the EFCC chairman, saying is a rented group. Spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren in a statement sent to our reporter, decries the attempt by the amorphous group to mislead Nigerians and distract the agency.
-Faith Aghaeze, Abuja