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Fuel subsidy suspects will soon be arraigned - Lamorde

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde says that investigations into fuel subsidy payments would soon be completed and those indicted arraigned in Court.

While lamenting the delay in the trial of corruption cases, Mr. Lamorde recalls the case of a former governor who was arraigned in 2007 but the matter has not progressed beyond the plea stage due to frivolous applications by the defendant.

He said such delays are responsible for the clamour for the establishment of special courts to handle corruption cases. He absolved the Commission of blame in such delays saying that the EFCC has no control over the judicial process.

The EFCC Chairman urged the Campaign for Democracy to help monitor some of the corruption cases in court with a view to facilitating the speedy disposal of such cases.

Mr. Lamorde made this known in Abuja, when the President of Campaign for Democracy, CD, Dr Joe Okei – Odumakin, paid him a courtesy visit at the commission’s headquarters.

Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde urged the organization to help monitor some of the corruption cases in Court with a view to facilitating their speedy disposed.

Earlier in her remark, Mrs. Okei-Odumakin said the visit which is the first by her association to any organization in Nigeria in the last six years, was intended to demonstrate the CD’s support for the leadership of the EFCC under Mr. Lamorde and to underscore its preparedness to collaborate with the EFCC in the anti-graft campaign.

She disclosed that Mr. Lamorde’s assumption of duty was timely, noting that corruption has become the fastest growing industry in Nigeria.

She called on the EFCC to look into several cases of former governors indicted for corruption across the country with no visible progress being made in their trials. She also said that Nigerians are showing enough interest in the outcome of the fuel subsidy investigation.

The Campaign for Democracy President further called on all Nigerians to join in the fight against corruption.