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Deputy Senate President Held in EFCC Custody

The deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, is reportedly in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) where he is being interrogated.

Premium Times reports that Ekweremadu appeared at the anti-graft agency office on Tuesday, July 31, in the morning.

A source said: “He is currently at the interrogation room. We have some questions for him bordering on corruption. But we do not know yet when he would be released, we will know this by 5p.m.”  

Wilson Uwujaren who is the spokesperson of the EFCC said he would need time to find out details of Ekweremadu’s presence. Meanwhile, a senior special assistant to deputy Senate president, Nnanna Nze, said that acts of intimidation allegedly being unleashed on his principal, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, by the federal government agencies are growing his profile instead of diminishing his status.

Vanguard reports that he said that the tactics of the siege, anti-graft invitations and other coercive methods employed to make Ekweremadu yield to the machinations of the APC-led federal government were like examinations set to test one’s competence for higher classes.

A spokesperson for the anti-graft office told our correspondent that detectives emphasised on alleged illicit acquisition of properties by Mr Ekweremadu.

The top lawmaker, also the most-senior member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in public office, arrived at the EFCC for questioning at about 9:00 a.m., EFCC sources revealed, Tuesday afternoon. He was then taken into a room for interrogation by a team of detectives and forensic experts who had been working on his case for several months.

Mr Ekweremadu, who has been a Nigerian senator since 2003, and had served as Deputy Senate President since 2007, has come under intense public scrutiny as multiple allegations of illicit purchase of posh properties, largely outside Nigerian shores, are featuring regularly in the media
Earlier this year, he was accused of owning properties in the United States, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, although he regularly denies the allegation.

The Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Properties said it traced 13 assets to Mr Ekweremadu in those three countries. Efforts aimed at seizing the properties were still on, reports said.

In 2016, he was arraigned before a federal judge in Abuja on allegations that he forged parliament standing rules at the resumption of the current session in June 2015. He also denied these allegations.

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