‘We Don’t obtain Suspect’s Statement Under Duress’ – Lamorde
The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, has debunked the allegation that
suspects who are being investigated for alleged corrupt
practices by the Commission are made to give their
statements under duress.
He said the state- of-the- art recording facilities in the EFCC
interrogation rooms would not allow any interrogator to
humiliate a suspect.
Speaking in his office on Monday, October 19, 2015 during
a visit by two officials of Amnesty International, AI, he said:
‘‘The EFCC follows the rule of law. Our statements are
recorded and are not taken under duress. Our rooms have
cameras in them, so it is not possible to humiliate anyone.”
opening an office in Abuja, also described corruption as the
worst type of human right abuse, adding that AI must
continue to lend its voice to the anti-corruption war in
According to him, ‘‘Western countries must end the
impoverization of developing countries. They must reject
and return stolen funds, so that respective governments of
the affected developing countries could use the money to
better the lives of the poor in their countries. It is the
common wealth of the people that has been diverted for
private use. So, it is the worst form of human rights abuse.
human rights abuses flourish.
‘‘When you consider the cause of water-borne diseases
suffered by people in rural areas, it is because someone has
diverted the funds meant for pipe borne water in those
areas. Also, when you consider the fact that our hospitals
lack the basic amenities, it is because some people have
kept the funds allocated to the hospitals to themselves. I,
therefore, urge you to consider partnering with the EFCC,’’ he
In his remark, Mr. Colm O Cuanachain, Senior Director,
Office of the Secretary General of Amnesty International,
said that only nations that take anti-corruption war seriously
could experience ‘‘phenomenal growth’’.
Cuanachain, who further expressed the readiness of AI to
partner EFCC, also talked about the activities of the AI in the
North- Eastern part of Nigeria, the Niger Delta and Port
Harcourt, Rivers State, where he said corruption had
contributed to human rights violation.
He, however, decried death penalty as punishment for
looters of the treasury, adding that ‘‘it is not the best option
in the fight against corruption.’’
Also, in his closing remark, Executive Director, Amnesty
International Nigeria, M.K. Ibrahim, emphasized the need
for the masses to be educated on the effects of corruption
and human rights violations.