President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday removed the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mrs. Farida Waziri, ahead of the expiration of her tenure in June 2012.
The Director of Operations of the commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, has been named as the new Chairman of the commission.
Lamorde had served as acting chairman of the commission in 2008 when the former Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was asked to proceed on a controversial study leave at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Plateau State.
The situation in the anti-graft commission was moody on Wednesday as staff wore forlorn look amidst shock.
Waziri’s removal was announced in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.
The three -paragraph statement said the change takes immediate effect.
The statement reads: “President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde as the Acting Chairman/Chief Executive of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
"The appointment takes immediate effect, and effectively relieves Mrs. Farida Waziri of her position as EFCC Chairman. Mrs. Waziri was appointed EFCC Chairman by Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on May 18, 2008 and confirmed by the Senate on May 27, 2008.
"Mr. Lamorde, an officer of the Nigeria Police, was, until this appointment the Director of Operations of the EFCC.”