By Ike Abonyi and Senator Iroegbu

 

The Federal Government has confirmed that a letter of dismissal was dully served to the immediate past chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, contrary to claims that she learnt about her sack on television broadcast.

Immediate past EFCC chairman, Mrs. Farida Waziri

Immediate past EFCC chairman, Mrs. Farida Waziri

Also, the new acting EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, resumed work Thursday, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

Clarifying on Waziri’s sack, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), issued a letter Thursday in Abuja, signed by Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, indicating Waziri’s sack as the EFCC boss.

The letter also confirmed another letter appointing Lamorde as the acting chairman of the commission.

It could be recalled that the controversial sack of the former anti-corruption Czar had been faulted in some quarters with Waziri’s stating in some national dailies (not THISDAY) that her sack was in bad faith as it was communicated to her through television broadcast.

Part of the letter reads: “Relieve of your appointment as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. I write to inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan has relieved you of your appointment as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission with effect from Wednesday 23rd November, 2011.”

Meanwhile, the situation at the commission’s headquarters Thursday, was calm as the spokesman of the anti-graft body, Mr. Femi Babafemi, told THISDAY that the new boss had since swung into action.

The formal handing over ceremony has been scheduled for Monday at the commission’s premises.

“Consequently, you are to hand over the affairs of the commission to the Director of Operations, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde. I also wish to express Mr President’s appreciation to you for the services you have rendered to the commission and indeed our dear country.”

Lamorde’s letter read: “I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan has approved your appointment as the Acting Chairman of EFCC with effect from Wednesday 23rd November 2011.

“Consequently, you are to take over the handling of the affairs of the commission from erstwhile Chairman, Farida Waziri until further notice”.

Waziri was fired on Wednesday by President Goodluck Jonathan through a statement from his spokesman Dr Reuben Abati after about 39 months in charge of the anti-graft body.

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