FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FILE CHARGES AGAINST DEPUTY SENATE PRESIDENT

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Nigeria’s federal government has filed charges against Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and Senator Bassey Akpan, senator representing Akwa Ibom north-east, for alleged failure to declare their assets.

The suit against the duo were filed before a federal high court in Abuja by the special presidential investigation panel for the recovery of public property.

The prosecution lawyer, Celsus Upong, had complained about the difficulty in issuing service to the senators.

Following this, Justice John Tsoho, the presiding judge, ordered that the charges and other accompanying papers be served on the defendants through the clerk of the national assembly.

The judge also fixed October 22 to hear the suit against Senator Ekweremadu and November 19 for Senator Akpan.

You will recall that in March, 2018 Festus Keyamo, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), filed a suit on behalf of the federal government seeking a temporary forfeiture of alleged undeclared assets traced to Senator Ekweremadu.

Twenty-two properties were reportedly traced to the deputy senate president, nine in Nigeria, two in the UK, eight in Dubai and three are in the US.

Following this, the attorney general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, filled a false declaration of assets charge against Senator Ekweremadubefore the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Senator Ekweremadu is said to have failed to disclose the foreign assets in his declarations to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB). He has however denied all the allegations.

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