The sack of the former Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, has been linked to his handling of the Corruption case against the Chairman of the CCT, Dan Ladi Umar, who was being investigated for taking bribes from Mr. Rasheed Taiwo, a former Comptroller of Customs.
Based on documents signed by Former Attorney General, the EFCC’s investigation revealed that Dan Ladi Umar, did not only meet the accused he also accepted the bribe through his PA, he also allegedly kept on pestering Taiwo for the balance of the N10million that he had requested. Helpless to meet up with the balance, Mr. Taiwo petitioned the EFCC in the case against Dan Ladi. The EFCC then launched a case against Dan Ladi and found out that:
· Dan Ladi then texted Taiwo his account number using his own phone: 0807 445 5022;
· Dan Ladi also sent Taiwo the details of his PA, Ali Gambo Abdullahi to Mr. Taiwo’s number: 0803 336 7814;
· Taiwo paid N1.8 million into Dan Ladi’s account, and Dan Ladi’s PA withdrew the money on the same day 12/12/12.
After reviewing the facts of the bribery case, Bello Adoke (SAN), the former AGF, wrote to President Jonathan on the 7th of May, 2014, stating: “In light of the foregoing therefore, Your Excellency may wish to initiate the necessary steps for the removal of the Chairman.”
Lamorde wrote back to the AGF stating that there was in-fact strong evidence to suggest an attempt by Dan Ladi to “cover up” the bribery scandal. It is believed that the Chairman of the EFCC may have dropped the charges against Dan Ladi, because the Senate started investigating him on the 26th of August, 2015