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EFCC Pays Tribute to Former Chairman Lamorde

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has expressed condolences to the family of its third substantive Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, who passed away in Egypt on Sunday at the age of 61. Lamorde had traveled to Egypt for medical treatment.

In a statement on Sunday, EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale conveyed the agency’s shock at Lamorde’s sudden death.

“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission received with shock the sudden death of one of its former Executive Chairmen, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde,” Oyewale said. “Lamorde, the pioneer Director of Operations and the third substantive Chairman of the EFCC from February 15, 2012, to November 9, 2015, served the nation as a focused and gallant anti-graft fighter. He will be sorely missed by the EFCC and the nation at large. The Commission prays for the repose of his soul and comfort for his family, the EFCC, and the entire nation.”

Born on December 20, 1962, Lamorde joined the Nigerian Police in 1986 and retired as a Deputy Inspector General of Police in 2021. While serving as a police officer, he was the EFCC Chairman from 2011 to 2015.

According to his profile on the EFCC’s website, Lamorde was the third Executive Chairman of the Commission. He was appointed in an acting capacity on November 3, 2011, following the removal of Farida Waziri by former President Goodluck Jonathan. The Senate confirmed him as the substantive Chairman on February 15, 2012.

Lamorde, born in Mubi, Adamawa State, attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology in 1984. He joined the Nigerian Police Force in 1986. When the EFCC was established in 2003, Lamorde was appointed the pioneer Director of Operations. He served as Acting Chairman from December 2007 to June 2008 and returned to the EFCC in December 2010 as Director of Operations. Following Farida Waziri’s removal on November 23, 2011, Lamorde was appointed Acting Chairman and later confirmed as substantive Chairman on February 15, 2012, a role he held until November 9, 2015, when former President Muhammadu Buhari replaced him with Ibrahim Magu in an acting capacity.

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