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Jonathan fires Waziri, replaces her with Lamorde as Acting EFCC Chairman

23 Nov 2011

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Former EFCC Chairman, Farida Waziri

From Ahamefula Ogbu in Abuja

President Goodluck Jonathan has relieved the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Chairman, Farida Waziri, of her appointment and replaced her with Director of Operations during the era of Malam Nuhu Ribadu, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde

Lamorde, according to a statement from the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, will remain in acting capacity pending confirmation by the Senate.

The Statement also said that by the appointment of Lamorde which takes immediate effect, Waziri is effectively relieved of her appointment. No reason was given for the change.

“President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the appointment of Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde as the Acting Chairman/Chief Executive of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

“The appointment takes immediate effect, and effectively relieves Mrs. Farida Waziri of her position as EFCC Chairman. Mrs. Waziri was appointed EFCC Chairman by Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on May 18, 2008 and confirmed by the Senate on May 27, 2008.

“Mr. Lamorde, an officer of the Nigeria Police, was, until this appointment the Director of Operations of the EFCC. He was also Ag. Chairman of the EFCC before Mrs. Waziri assumed duty at the Commission”, the three paragraph statement said.

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  • Congratulations to Ibrahim Lamode. We can only pray his tenure would bring the desired actions against the big ones, who destroy Nigeria

    From: Sunkanmi

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • We (Nigerians) hope that this change at the helm of the EFCC is going to produce the desired result.All we ask for is a just system,where offenders no matter their status, once found wanting are penalised accordingly.

    From: Abdul Kadyem Jos

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Hey my pals!i think silva of bayelsa state gov should b ready 4 d deed day 2 come...!

    From: Aliyu bawa

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Nigerians may not have all the information their President has but what could have led to Farida's sack at this point in time? Lamorde is excellent but would he get the nod of the Senate? As long as those 'untouchables' are being prosecuted, the seat of the EFCC chairman remains hot!

    From: Chiedozie Ukaigwe

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • GEJ, we assume this is the beginning of you becoming a man. Yesterday you tackled your PDP Boko Haram Senator, tomorrow we hope OBJ, Babangida and the rest of the thieves will be under arrest. The truth of the matter is GEJ if you do not tackle the reason for Nigeria's failure, both at home and internationally you will have no where to hide. For your sake and the hope of dragging Nigeria from the brink of apocalypse I hope this is the beginning of change.

    From: Truthism

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • We saw it coming. Nobody is amused. Can we see that there are truth that Nigerians are not ready to fight corruption. Brother GEJ carry go

    From: Tony

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • somehow, one may wonder what is likely to be the reason for the change, maybe Mrs Farida Waziri was using selective system of carrying out her functions then or maybe seen to have stepped on toes, whichever is the Govt;s reason our concern now should be let Mr Lamorde improve on the fight against corruption and bring a lot of our looters to book, they are everywhere, showcasing their loots

    From: Ikenna Ubbor

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Finally, the politicians has won again, they are obviously not satisfy with the (Waziri) woman expecialy on the way she has been on the neck of all this our corrupt leaders...may God help Nigeria.

    From: Adeniyi Tayo

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Good riddance to bad rubbish. Can the AGF Adoke go with her too?

    From: mpitikwelu

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Jonathan sacking of Mrs Waziri, in summary, makes not visible difference as current and past appointees are mere paper tigers that barks but don't bite. Of all the reported frauds either by Governors, Ex-Govenors , ministers , senators or otherwise, how many has been brought to book or behind bar as a deterrent? None. So , this is simply cosmetic politism by the Jonathan government. MP in London who exceeded his statutory expense limits gets up to 18months jail terms. What do the Nigerian senators and others get, a slap on their wrist for not being indicted. It is high time , the people of Nigeria takes the law into their hands and clear out the Robbers we have in government.

    From: sunny, london

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • What goes around comes around i pray that there is know wahala after her living the office, and hope Mr GEJ has better things to come for the country Nigeria.

    From: olamide omomummy

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Mrs Waziri made a speech a few days ago that that there is need for political will from Govt to fight corruption....she overstepped her bound... it was sacrilege.... for me that is courage..speak your mind and damn the consequences than stomaching the hypocrisy.... KUDOS Madam, lets see how your successor will move mountains with the AGF breathing down his neck!

    From: good conscience

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • WHAT IS THE GUARANTEE THAT LAMURDE TOO WILL NOT GO SAME WAY ???Waziri is a perfect achiever, am sure she refuse to do some people's dirty job

    From: JOESEPH LAR

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • it has really come to show that our leaders are not ready to fight corruption as anyone they feel will be a terror to them is immediately sent packing . Tell me what is Waziri's offense that she being relieved of her position, is it because she has decided to look deep into Bankole 's case knowing that there will be lots of revelations . Truly the fight of corruption should not be left in the hands of a particular individual or body as all Nigerians need to be involved fully

    From: ADA

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Mr. President, should please give his utmost reason's for removing Mrs Faridar Waziri from her position as the chairman of EFCC we are inquisitive to know. However is it that she has failed to act in some capacity or has stepped under the toes of the Mr. President, in a particular directive. Please Thisday its this news worthy, unravel and let Nigeria know the true situation about removal of faridar. Thanks.

    From: Pius O. Uzoigwe

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Lamurde is a perfect gentleman and an achiever. I pray the system will give him the desired free will to accomplish. Fighting corruption demands a determined and supportive system not only an individual. We wish him goodluck and Allah's guidance/protection

    From: AHMAD kAZAURE

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • HON. DINO MELAYE ALLEGED SOMETIME AGO THAT THE HASTE TO REMOVE MADAM WAZIRI WAS BECAUSE SHE WAS BENT ON PROSECUTING HIGH HEELED PERSONAGES SUCH AS BANKOLE AND CO. CAN THIS BE IT ? I HOPE THAT THE PRESIDENCY GIVES MR LAMORDE UNFETTERED HAND TO OPERATE.

    From: Key

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • There is nothing to celebrate as far as the change in the leadership of the anti-graft agency is concerned.Waziri has faced a lot of frustration from some political big wigs who were bent on pulling her down.they now want to paint an image that she is incompetent.in the first place does president Jonathan have the political will to fight corruption in Nigeria?Can he boldly tell Nigerians that he is ready to bring to book those who have looted the country's treasury over the years? Under Jonathan's leadership, things are getting worse especially in the public sector.

    From: Abashijames

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • am very happy for him, may God protect him from d hands of wickked people

    From: Hauwa'u Aliyu

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Hope this is not a case of musical chair. I have always got this impression that Madam Waziri has run out of ideas and was beginning to sound like a broken record with her insisiting that only a special court can deliver justice. I hold a different opinion though, as I believe that a thourough investigation with supporting/incriminating documentation will nail anyone, if not today, then in future. Is it not both distracting and disruptive to raise hundreds of charges at ago? A well investigate two or three count charges will send any criminal away. I hope Larmode takes note.

    From: Park

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Am shocked at d removal of Waziri, i read with dismay Reuben Abati's release, there is no reason for this removal, if govt. hire and fire people without reasons then we have a problem in this country, pls tell us why Waziri was removed, is it for incompetency, end of tenure or resignation, i think we deserve to know. Welcome on board Lamorde, you should only take this offer if you know why your boss was sacked.

    From: toni

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • We do not know the concrete reasons for the change,but I always say-I will stand for whoever fights corruption in Nigeria.
    I also hope GEJ-will look toward Gen.Buhari rtd as the next Chairman-what do you people think.

    From: Mujidang

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • I am sure the war on corruption has just started

    From: yemi araromi

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • I hope d sack has been done in good faith and not rub my back

    From: BM

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Farida Waziri googbye and to you Lamorde welcome back, all hands most be on dest..corruption is dirty game,

    From: adewest

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Jonathan this is just cosmetics, the bulk stop with you. You have shown that you are not equal to the task. Mr Jonathan you must go now. In any event show me one person with a PHD, that has succeeded in politics or in business, any where in the world. At the very best they have been generic or placedo so called politicians and at the worst disaster. You with a PHD, your advisers with PHD. Jonathan please be real as you live in this planet.

    From: Patrick Agbobu

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Oga Jhona, please why don't you convince General Buhari for this job. I think the man do well during PTF as Chairman.

    From: Bello

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Shopping for some one who can be used to chase his political enemies (Silva

    From: Mube Chujor

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • anyway, i can not say Larmode will perform better but time will tell if he can stand it without compromise because it is a very strategic and delicate job. lets wait and see but by and large Mr Larmode accept my congratulations

    From: Leye

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • We do not reason for the removal of Waziri because her stay has been overtly appalling - too much media stunt than necessary. Under her tenure, EFCC had become a mere witch-hunting instrument that has promoted skewed justice to the benefit of the bourgeoisie. Nigerians are suffering and all EFCC, under Waziri did was to read us fat lists of their ridiculous exploits that really had no bearing. I insist that she too, be investigated for financial crime. U'd be surprised that some smelling skeletons could be discovered.

    From: Elyger Agwu

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Can we really fight corruption in this country?I really don't think so. Corruption has eaten deep into the fabrics of the society like canker-worm right from the local government level to the federal level. So it doesn't matter who is at the helm of affairs at EFCC, he or she can at best only scratch the surface. It is only in Nigeria that a project that should ordinarily cost N5m (say), will be awarded for N500m and Government will announce to the whole world unashamedly without quam. Even we, the citizens, will clap our hands for them! So, I really dont care who heads the anti-graft agency!

    From: Mustapha Buraimoh

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • if wishes were horses,Gen. Buhari should be giving the job of EFCC Boss by president Goodluck Jonathan.

    From: shammah shimmah

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Is one of those thing,is only two of them knew their problems,they have to sort it out.

    From: stanley

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • GEJ has danced to the tune of our legislators and i think he did them this favour so as for them to approve the subsidy removal he is clamouring for but he not only has the politicians to deal with,we will confront the government head on once the removal is announced.lets just hope he is on the right track.

    From: Eric

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • The Nigerian voices were buried the day we buried Gani Fawehime the "Law" the nation's conscience. If Gani were to be alive today,feedeefee,FG, and GEJ, would have been forced to tell the nation,why Waziri was fired. jude L/A USA.

    From: jude

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • When you were making this address, did you know what was coming your way? Or was this the reason for your now being ex chairperson of the EFCC? Or may be we did not know what you knew. Now look back the James Ibori and the plea bargain saga, is it really wort,h all these. Nigeria is here today gone tomorrow and I wish others will learn again from your present predicament.

    The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, yesterday said unless there is political will, it would be difficult to fight corruption in Nigeria.

    She said corruption is the biggest threat to the nation’s economy and national security.

    Mrs Waziri spoke at the National Defence College, Abuja, when she delivered a lecture to Course 20 participants on: Economic Crimes and National Security: Challenges for Nigeria.

    She said: “First, there must be a political will to fight corruption. When the chips are down, the essence of political leadership is to provide a direction for policies and to provide requisite anti-corruption structures, such as legislation, funding, zero tolerance policies, among others.

    “While political will translates to zero tolerance for corruption as well as the provision of effective anti-corruption structures, it behoves the anti-corruption agencies to implement and run with the structures.”

    The EFCC chairman also claimed that effective administration of justice could assist the anti-corruption crusade of any government.

    She said: “We must understand that political will and law enforcement in the world ultimately end in a court of law. The best any law enforcement agency can do is to properly investigate cases and file charges, after which the courts take over.

    “The frustration faced by law enforcement agencies within the tedious common law process of administration of justice must be voided.

    “There is a direct nexus between security and the economy and that a poor economy is the anvil on which adverse national interests are forged.”

    Mrs Waziri noted that economic security is imperative for any nation

    She said: “Indeed the rallying cry should be that as a nation, ‘seek ye the kingdom of economic prosperity and every other thing shall be added unto thee’.

    “In other words, secure your economy first, and the other essential parameters will be easier to handle,” she said.

    She identified four pillars for fighting corruption in any society.

    These factors are political will; effective law enforcement; effective and incorruptible judiciary and an independent, virile civil society.

    “The civil society cannot afford to pander to select parochial interests but must maintain a clinical sense of objectivity.”

    The participants were drawn from the various arms of the nation’s armed forces, law enforcement agencies, including anti-graft organisations.

    From: Patrick Agbobu

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Farida No be Igbo woman? Ahaa, Up North we go! PTL.

    From: biodun

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • We hope this change is for good

    From: Atose Mohammed M.

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Another glaring example of misplaced priorities

    Despite the worsening security situation in Nigeria, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Police have retained their jobs while the anti-corruption is sacked.

    From: Taliesin

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Our mess started not today, it began when we 'voted' personal interests into public offices; offices bigger than their occupiers. The moment public interest is so personalized, then the generality of the people can only brace up for worst days. God save Nigeria.

    From: Tim, UK

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Police na police, mr president should give us somebody from judiciary, bcos lamoude hav d traces of police, bcos police is always police.

    From: Tokunbo

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Congratulations! Mr. lamode. REMEMBER you are not serving the politicians, but Nigerians. 'We will judge you by your results.

    From: Austin Afam

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • The Nigerian Police Force is universally known for corruption.Therefore, the requirement that the EFCC chief will come the police ranks is pure insanity. While I will be the first to say that Mrs. Waziriis hopelessly corrupt and should not have been there in the first place, I must say that, her unceremonious removal from office a few days after she had a presentation which has some tinge of allegations, raises some questions about the motive behind this decision. I do not know how corrupt President Jonathan is. However, I consider him a fairly incompetent and ignorant fellow. We deserve the leader we get.

    From: Julie Sanusi-Williams

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Great mama has left 4good. I highly respect your courage and wish you more blissful moment out of service. Certainly our democracy is too expensive making our public office hoiders money vampires as they see injustice&corruption as their treasure. mama your likes are rear. Could you please join me pray 4a new Nigeria.

    From: Mr ado

    Posted: 3 years ago

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