FORMER military administrator of Kaduna State Colonel Hamid Ibrahim Alli is being touted as the next chairman of the Economic and Financial crimes Commission (EFCC) after current chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde was implicated in a N1Trn fraud sources in the All Progressives Congress (APC) have revealed
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, will on Wednesday appear before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions over an allegation that he criminally diverted over N1 trillion recovered from corrupt individuals and groups by the anti-graft agency
The fraud allegedly perpetrated by Larmode was said to have dated back to his days as the Director of Operations of the EFCC between 2003 and 2007, as well as an acting Chairman of the commission between June 2007 and May 2008, when the then chairman of the anti-graft agency, Nuhu Ribadu, was away for a course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.
Col Alli, 60, who is originally from, Kano State, was the Kaduna State military governor between August 1996 and August 1998 during the Sani Abacha regime. Currently the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Col Alli later became the secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum after retiring from the Nigerian Army.
Blue-blooded, Col Alli was a die-hard IBB boy who is reputed to have said he would follow General Ibrahim Babangida to war blindfolded. However, after Babangida annulled the June 12 1993 elections, they fell out, with him telling his principal that he was wrong, pointing out that Abiola should be sworn-in as president even if he was the devil.
Rumour has it that Col Alli would have been executed by General Abacha if not for the fact that he was blue-blood. He left the army and government unceremoniously without money or scandal and according to reports, he is into poultry farming and still drives a 504 Peugeot saloon car.
Apparently, Colonel Ali is currently undergoing State Security Service screening in preparation for his appointment. According to insiders, immediately there were feelers that he will emerge the next EFCC chairman, corrupt politicians went into panic, with some of them returning stolen funds.
President Buhari has made the fight against corruption the centrepiece of his policies and as such, whoever he appoints as EFCC chairman will be a key figure in his government. Whoever is EFCC chairman will be responsible for recovering the billions of missing dollars said to have disappeared from Nigeria’s oil earnings