Akpabio Mourns Former EFCC Chairman, Lamorde

In a poignant display of national solidarity and respect, Senate President Godswill Akpabio has extended his heartfelt condolences to the family of Ibrahim Lamorde, the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), following his untimely demise. Lamorde, who also served as a Deputy Inspector General of Police, was a pivotal figure in Nigeria’s fight against corruption. His passing marks a significant loss for the nation, coming at a time when his wealth of experience is deeply needed in the ongoing efforts of nation-building.

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Akpabio Mourns Former EFCC Chairman, Lamorde

In a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media, Jackson Udom, Akpabio conveyed his profound shock and sadness over the news. He described Lamorde’s death as a “rude shock” that has “robbed the country of his wealth of experience.” The Senate President’s message highlighted the deep sense of loss felt across the nation, particularly in the context of Lamorde’s contributions to the country’s anti-corruption efforts.

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“I received the news of the demise of former chairman of the EFCC and Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Lamorde, with shock and disbelief,” Akpabio stated. “His death is a huge loss to our country because we have been robbed of his wealth of experience.”

The legacy of Ibrahim Lamorde in the EFCC is notable. Under his leadership, the commission made significant strides in combating financial crimes and corruption in Nigeria. His tenure was marked by high-profile investigations and a commitment to accountability, which earned him respect both nationally and internationally. Lamorde’s approach to leadership and his relentless pursuit of justice were instrumental in shaping the EFCC’s operational framework and its strategic direction.

Akpabio, reflecting on the transient nature of life, remarked, “As mortals, we have no control over our lives.” This statement underscores a sentiment of humility and the recognition of a higher power in the face of mortality. Akpabio extended his condolences on behalf of his family, the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, and the Nigerian Senate, demonstrating a collective mourning and shared grief.

The Senate President’s message continued with a prayer for strength and resilience for Lamorde’s family, friends, and associates during this difficult time. “On behalf of my family, the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, and the Nigerian Senate, I commiserate with the family of the deceased former police officer and pray to Allah to give the family members, friends, and associates he left behind the fortitude to bear this great loss.”

In his concluding remarks, Akpabio offered a heartfelt prayer for Lamorde, invoking divine mercy for the departed soul. “May Almighty Allah, in His infinite mercy, grant the departed soul, aljannah-Firdaus,” he said, expressing a wish for eternal peace and rest in paradise for Lamorde.

The death of Ibrahim Lamorde has indeed left a void in the Nigerian anti-corruption landscape. His colleagues and those who knew him professionally have described him as a dedicated public servant whose life’s work significantly impacted the fight against corruption in Nigeria. Lamorde’s commitment to justice and integrity in public service was unwavering, and his leadership in the EFCC set a benchmark for future administrations.

As the nation mourns, it also reflects on the importance of continuing the work that Lamorde championed. The fight against corruption remains a critical challenge for Nigeria, and the loss of such a seasoned and dedicated figure is deeply felt. However, Lamorde’s legacy provides a roadmap and inspiration for current and future leaders to uphold the principles of transparency, accountability, and justice.

In these moments of reflection and grief, the sentiments expressed by Senate President Akpabio resonate deeply. The collective mourning of a nation speaks to the profound impact that Ibrahim Lamorde had on Nigeria’s journey towards integrity and good governance. His memory will undoubtedly serve as a beacon for continued efforts in the battle against corruption, and his life’s work will be remembered as a cornerstone in the nation’s quest for justice and equity.

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