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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Keyamo slams Senate on warrant of arrest against former EFCC boss, Lamorde

Read the press statement below...
"It has been brought to our attention through several publications in both the online and mainstream media that the Nigerian Senate has directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions (hereinafter referred to as “the Committee”), to issue a Warrant of Arrest against our client, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, for failing to appear before it.
We respectfully urge the Inspector General of Police and other law enforcement agencies to disregard any such Warrant of Arrest (if issued) and resist the invitation to drag themselves into this illegal scheme. To set the records straight, the antecedents of this matter are briefly reproduced hereunder.

Pursuant to a petition written by one George Uboh against our client, the Senate referred the petition to the Committee for investigation. In the course of the investigation, the Committee wrote a letter of invitation to our client as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), inviting him to a meeting with the Committee on 5th November, 2015. 

Owing to prior engagements, our client could not attend that meeting and this was duly communicated to the Committee. However, on the 9th of November, 2015, our client was relieved of his duties as the Chairman of the EFCC and he handed over all obligations, duties and responsibilities pertaining to his office to Ibrahim Mustapha Magu, who was appointed Acting Chairman.

Despite the fact that our client had handed over to the Acting Chairman, another letter of invitation was sent to him on 11th November, 2015 inviting him for a meeting with the Committee on 17th November, 2015. Our client could not honour that invitation as he was out of the country on his 3-month terminal leave. However, on the said 11th November, 2015, we appeared before the Committee to represent our client and raised objections to the conduct of the investigations by the Committee on two grounds.

First, the Constitution stipulates that the Committee can compel the attendance of a witness by issuing a proper SUMMONS and not an INVITATION LETTER. In the circumstances, it was contended that our client had not been summoned at all. In addition, section 88 of the 1999 Constitution stipulates that only a person presently occupying a public office can be investigated by the Senate in relation to that office and since at the time of this invitation, our client had vacated the office, he could no longer be made the subject of any investigation by the Senate. We contended that, however, any Nigerian can be summoned by the Senate as a WITNESS in any matter. Despite these cogent objections, the Committee denied us audience and threatened to have our client arrested.

As a law abiding citizen, our client instructed us to institute an action at the Federal High Court seeking an interpretation of the powers of the Senate with respect to investigations. In compliance with our client’s instructions, we instituted the said suit with number FHC/ABJ/CS/934/15 on 19th November, 2015 at the Federal High Court and it was assigned to Honourable Justice G.O. Kolawole sitting at Federal High Court 8, Abuja. 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. 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. 

The suit came up before Justice G.O. Kolawole for hearing on the 9th December, 2015 and 10th February, 2016 and on both occasions, hearing Notices were served on the Senate and the Committee but on both occasions, they were absent and unrepresented by legal practitioners. At the proceedings of 10th February, 2016, the application for Interlocutory injunction was heard but in its wisdom, the Honourable court decided to give both the Senate and the Senate Committee another chance to come and answer to our client’s suit and the suit was subsequently adjourned till 14th March, 2016 for the Senate to respond to our client’s case.

As a law-abiding Police Force, you are aware that one of the Pillars of our democracy is the respect for the Rule of Law. By extension, this implies that when matters are pending before a court of law, all parties are expected to maintain status quo pending the determination of the matter. 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. 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.  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.

If the court decides otherwise against our position, our client is prepared to appear before the Senate or any of its Committees.
We issue this statement on behalf of and on the instruction of our client, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde.
Thank you.
FESTUS KEYAMO, ESQ.

34 comments:

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

*eating* brb.

Charles Okafor said...

Their wahala.












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Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Noticed.

christiana christiana said...

Der cup of gbese ooooo

Who dem help??


#spritual

Point And Kill said...

Odikwa very serious

Juliet Iwuno said...

Na dem sabi. Linda take note!

Ogbukwa Blessing said...

See his face self

Vivian Reginalds said...

Akuko
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Ichebi Christian said...

Just passed

Chop Chop said...

Do no evil fear no harm.

BUT MAKA WHY said...

Why is he running?
If he has nothing to hide, let him be man enough to face them.
Again while the Ex EFCC man was still there he disregarded court orders.
He should know that what is good for the goose is also good for the gander.
He hasn't seen anything.

Oshios Baba said...

My friend show ur face joor

Barr. Solomon said...

I have read mr keyamo's lengthy statement but without prejudice to the outcome of his client's case before the Court, why would a simple invitation by the senate committee served since 2015 be ignored?, since it was issued to him while still in office. If his client has nothing to hide why complicate matters for himself by being unduly legalistic? The same way his client used to invite suspects for questioning at the EFCC and thereafter decide whether to detain or release them, I believe this is clearly a very simple Mather that could be resolved by appearing before the committee and explaining himself.

Jamila Shaibu said...

Hmmmmmmm issorite!

golda awosika said...

Alryt




#*karlishah*

Demmy said...

Keyamo gradually falling!

Ogenah Boris said...

Keyamo should go and rest. He has been pursing tompolo since so why slamming senate

Ogenah Boris said...

Keyamo should go and rest. He has been pursing tompolo since so why slamming senate

Jude Akinwole said...

Ga gaun! Action film... Act 1 Scene 2

Anonymous said...

Festus Keyamo you are corrupt lawyer.Why are you kicking against the warrant of arrest issued on Lamorde.How can you justify the call of warrant of arrest on Tompolo.You must be high on pawpaw leaf for rejecting such call on Lamorde.

Anonymous said...

Festus Keyamo,you are a corrupt lawyer.Why are you kicking against the warrant of arrest issued on Lamorde.How can you justify the call of warrant of arrest on Tompolo.You must be high on pawpaw leaf for rejecting such call on Lamorde.

Adenike Bamigboye said...

Better

Nnenne George said...

Their cup of burukutu.. The hunter has suddenly become the hunted.. Na Sidon look I dey do..

Anonymous said...

Festus your cup wil be filled one day and you will be force to drink it up, since you've abadoned the principles Gani fawehimi tried so hard ti instil in ur greedy and corrupt stricken mind.

Eric Nesty aka LIB'S FINEST said...

Okay.


#FINEST

Anonymous said...

Festus keyamo is an EFCC counsel at the same time he is representing Lamorde, won't there be a conflict of interest? I think keyamo is a lousy lawyer and should quit EFCC.

chinelo okafor said...

Change.

Anonymous said...

Bastards....all this english...may Ibrahim suffer against the almighty senate...-Bane

Oskirin said...

Tank u keyamo.ds is clear enof.do we av any contrary opinion? Ova 2 u d senate 2 counter ds.

Luciana Chinda said...

Okay naaaaah! So who's next v

SongsOfSUSSAN said...

Keyamo is high on cheap drugs.

Ify Chude said...

He has failed and we are disappointed in him. He worked for EFCC during this guy's tenor and he kyamo made so much money. Why is he protecting him. It's a shame

Ify Chude said...

That's double standard and I'm disappointed in him

Ify Chude said...

He is not EFCC counsel his chamber was hired by the former EFCC to take on some high profile cases on a huge disclosed amount. Kyamo made so much money under the forme EFCC boss. I'm disappointed in him.

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