👤 By Danjuma Aliyu
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has hit back at claims that he was released from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, because he was not “feeling well.”
Last month, Senator Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West Senatorial District, received a letter from the Ibrahim Mustafa Magu led EFCC asking that he report to the commission for questioning on the same day.
DENISAURUS News understands that before the lawmaker could leave his house to honour the invitation, over 200 officers arrived at the scene where they laid siege for many hours so as to prevent sitting from taking place.
According to our sources, the DSP and Senate President, Bukola Saraki were almost prevented from gaining access to the National Assembly because “some people wanted to prevent people from decamping.”
After the police had left his house, the politician, who holds a PhD in law, wrote to the agency requesting for another date.
This paper gathered that Senator Ekweremadu, 56, one of the lawmakers who opposed the confirmation of Mr Magu after receiving an indicting report from the Department of State Security Service, which described the anti-graft boss as a “perennial offender,” eventually arrived at the EFCC on (Wednesday) August 1, 2018.
A close associate of the lawmaker confirmed that “since the siege would not allow him to honour the belated ‘invitation’ the same day, he, as a law-abiding citizen, wrote to the EFCC to request for another date, hence the rescheduled appointment of Tuesday, July 31, 2018.”
According to Senator Ekweremadu’s spokesperson, Uche Anichukwu, “there was no interrogation whatsoever on Wednesday, let alone presentation of so-called additional ‘facts’ that purportedly triggered his blood pressure.
“Likewise, there were no new ‘facts’ presented to him the previous day, Tuesday, July 31, beside those concocted by the dismissed Chief Judge of Enugu State, Innocent Umezulike, and his cohorts in their petition.”
The prominent lawmaker from the south-south of Nigeria, has previously stated that the late jurist along with an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari cooked up several petition against him.
He stated that those petitions were sent to various anti-corruption and security agencies.
In a statement issued by Mr Anichukwu, the lawmaker accused Okoi Obono-Obla, Chairman, Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Property, of doctoring his will and including “imaginary properties.”
“About July 2016, former chief judge of Enugu state, Hon. Justice Innocent Umezulike, in his capacity as the chief judge of Enugu state at the time, together with his lawyer, and Barrister Tagbo Ike, in connivance with some politicians, broke into the Probate Registry, Enugu, took away my will and left behind a photocopy.
He said: “They copied the properties listed in the will and added many imaginary properties and started churning out baseless petitions to government agencies and officials. In their petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, for instance, they claimed, in a demonstration of gross ignorance, that I was given money by the federal government to develop the south-east geopolitical zone but that I used it to purchase 32 properties.
“They sent similar petitions to Mr President, the vice-president, senate president, attorney-general of the federation, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Code of Conduct Bureau, director-general of the Department of State Security, inspector-general of Police, commissioner of police (Enugu), among others.”