Kidney stone: Facts about the disease that killed former EFCC boss, Lamorde


Facts have emerged that a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, died due to the complications of removing kidney stones from his body.

‘The Nation’ quoted a top source to this effect, adding that the deceased’s wife was with him in Egypt where he went for surgery.

Lamorde died at the age of 61.

Kidney stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys.

According to Mayo Clinic, diet, excess body weight, some medical conditions, and certain supplements and medications are among the many causes of kidney stones, which can affect any part of your urinary tract — from your kidneys to your bladder. Often, stones form when the urine becomes concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallise and stick together.

It adds in an online post: “Passing kidney stones can be quite painful, but the stones usually cause no permanent damage if they’re recognised in a timely fashion. Depending on your situation, you may need nothing more than to take pain medication and drink lots of water to pass a kidney stone. In other instances — for example, if stones become lodged in the urinary tract, are associated with a urinary infection or cause complications — surgery may be needed.

“If a kidney stone becomes lodged in the ureters, it may block the flow of urine and cause the kidney to swell and the ureter to spasm, which can be very painful. At that point, you may experience these symptoms:

  • Severe, sharp pain in the side and back, below the ribs
  • Pain that radiates to the lower abdomen and groin
  • Pain that comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity
  • Pain or burning sensation while urinating.”

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Lamorde, a seasoned police officer, was born on December 20, 1962, in Mubi, Adamawa State. He joined the Nigerian Police Force in 1986 and rose through the ranks, serving in various capacities before his appointment as EFCC Chairman in 2011.

During his tenure as EFCC Chairman, Lamorde was known for his uncompromising stance against corruption, and his leadership of the agency led to the prosecution of several high-profile cases. He was also instrumental in the recovery of billions of naira in looted funds.

Lamorde’s tenure was marked by several notable achievements, including the conviction of former Governor James Ibori and the recovery of $1 billion from the Abacha loot. He also oversaw the investigation and prosecution of several other corruption cases, including the Halliburton scandal and the fuel subsidy scam.

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