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  • Updated: May 27, 2024

Lamorde: He was a refined officer, disciplined, professional — Olukoyede

Lamorde: He was a refined officer, disciplined, professional

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede has mourned the demise of Ibrahim Lamorde, a former chairman of the commission.

Olukoyede described Late Lamorde as a refined officer, disciplined, unassuming, amiable, professional and reformist.

The deceased, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police had served as the chairman of the EFCC between 2012 and 2015.

The EFCC boss who expressed sadness over the death said the painful loss came at a time when the EFCC and Nigeria needed the wealth of experience of the deceased to tackle emerging challenges.

In a statement he signed on Monday, Olukoyede highlighted the legacies of the deceased EFCC boss, including the renaming of the commission's Training and Research Institute, Karu to the EFCC Academy and the establishment of the professional responsibility arm of the Commission, the Department of Internal Affairs.

The statement partly reads: "The loss of this distinguished law enforcement officer whose ideals and accomplishments we have long respected, is painful coming at a time the EFCC and indeed Nigeria still needed his wealth of experience to deal with emerging challenges in the law enforcement environment. 

"His footprints in the Nigeria Police and the EFCC where he spent his most productive years, first as Director of Operations and later as Acting Chairman and Executive Chairman, will remain indelible.

"Indeed, the story of the Commission cannot be told without a reference to Lamorde who invested his talent as an investigator in setting up the investigation machinery of the Commission and mentoring the corps of officers who are today the spine of the Commission’s investigative activities. 

"He was a refined officer, disciplined, unassuming, amiable, compassionate but professional. He was also a reformist and his legacy in the Commission includes the establishment of the professional responsibility arm of the Commission, the Department of Internal Affairs, which was recently renamed the Department of Ethics and Integrity, to police officers of the Commission, and the Department of Public Affairs to drive the Commission's corruption prevention mandate. 

"Lamorde also renamed EFCC’s Training and Research Institute, Karu as the EFCC Academy, with an expanded mandate to train all cadre of officers of the Commission and other law enforcement agencies in Nigeria and indeed, Africa. Under his stewardship, the EFCC Academy became the centre for anti-corruption training in West Africa. 

"All of us in the EFCC feel deeply the loss of this soldier of anti-corruption. Our hearts are with his family and all those whose lives he impacted in his remarkable career. We share your bereavement in the loss of this icon. You can be assured that our thoughts and prayers are with you in your grief. 

"The memory of Lamorde’s lifetime as a police officer and statesman in the service of the highest ideals will remain a legacy of inspiration to us all."

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