Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde
The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, alleged during an appearance at the Senate on Friday that the commission had found it increasingly difficult to prosecute high profile cases due to lack of funds.
If a government that has frequently mouthed war against corruption as one of its core objectives is alleged to be starving an agency set up to tackle corruption of funds, then it looks quite plain that the administration does not want to fight corruption.
Lamorde is not the first person to make this allegation. Many EFCC lawyers have complained about subtle attempts to frustrate high profile corruption cases through funding difficulties. It seems the government merely picks and chooses which cases they want to prosecute and properly funds and pursues their trial.
With these revelations, the reason EFCC cases are hardly appealed after losses at the lower courts seems perfectly plain. The government of President Goodluck Jonathan cannot continue to sweep corruption under the carpet and expect Nigeria to move forward.
––– Vincent Obia