The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested former Senate Deputy President Ekweremadu on suspicion of money laundering.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) interrogated former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, over allegations of fraud and failure to explain how he came to own 22 properties in Nigeria, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates.
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According to SaharaReporters, EFCC sources have stated that Ekweremadu was interrogated for several hours in Abuja before being allowed to return home later that evening. His next appearance before the commission is expected to be at a later date for additional questioning.
According to the EFCC, “Ekweremadu returned to the EFCC to provide explanations for his acquisition of numerous luxury properties in Nigeria, the United States of America, and the United Arab Emirates.
‘He was here with us two weeks ago and again on Monday,’ according to a source.
This comes three years after Ekweremadu became ill while being interrogated by anti-graft commission operatives, resulting in his death.
In 2018, after several hours of questioning at the EFCC office in Abuja, the politician became ill and was released to seek medical attention in the United States.
He was said to have displayed signs and symptoms of high blood pressure, according to reports.
The Nigerian government had sought an interim order from the Federal High Court in Abuja in March 2018 to temporarily seize 22 prime properties/assets of Ekweremadu located in London, Dubai, Florida, and Abuja, which had not been declared to the CCB. The order was granted in April 2018.
According to Section 330 of The Administration Of Criminal Justice Act, 2015; Section 8 of The Recovery Of Public Property (Special Provisions Act); and Section 44 (2)(K) of the 1999 Constitution, Festus Keyamo (SAN) filed a motion ex-parte on behalf of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property before the court.
Yohanna Shankuk, a litigation clerk in Festus Keyamo Chambers, deposed to an affidavit in support of the motion ex parte, in which he stated that from 1999 to the present, Ekweremadu had been a public officer and had not earned anything other than his salaries and allowances as a public officer.
Property identified as undeclared assets include: 11 Evans Enwerem Street, Apo Legislative Quarters, Apo, Abuja; Plot 2633 Kyami, Abuja; Housing Estate; Plot 1106 CRD, Cadastral Zone 07-07, Lugbe, Abuja; Plot 2782, Asokoro Extension, Abuja; houses at Citi Park Estate, Gwagwalada, Abuja; and Plot 1474, Cadastral Zone BD6, Mabushi,
Aside from Congress Court in Abuja, other properties allegedly owned by Senator Bukola Saraki include Flat 1, Block D25 Athletics Street (24th Street), Games Village in Abuja; and Plot 66, 64 Crescent, Gwarimpa Estate in Abuja, among others.
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