Nigerians have been jolted on Thursday when the information broke that the previous Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his spouse, Beatrice, had been arrested by police in the UK for allegedly conspiring to take a baby to the nation for harvesting of his organs.
In a press release in London, the Metropolitan Police stated the politician and his spouse have been arraigned on the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Courtroom for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the journey of one other particular person with a view to exploitation, particularly organ harvesting.
As Nigerians progressively come to phrases with Ekweremadu’s present travails, TheNewsBig recalled that the previous deputy senate president has had some brushes with the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) for corruption-related circumstances prior to now.
The first of such circumstances was in 2018 when the EFCC invited the Senator for interrogation over an alleged cash laundering.
In a letter of invitation dated July 24, 2018, and signed by the Director of Operations, Mohammed Abba, the fee invited Ekweremadu to report at its workplace for clarification on alleged conspiracy, abuse of workplace and cash laundering.
In keeping with the letter, the fee was investigating a petition during which Ekweremadu’s title was featured prominently and the necessity for the company to acquire sure clarifications.
It learn: “This request is made pursuant to part 38(1) of the Financial and Monetary Crimes (Institution) Act, 2004.
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“In view of the above, you might be kindly requested to report and interview the undersigned at 5 Fomela Road, Off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II Abuja on Tuesday twenty fourth July, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. immediate.”
The former deputy senate president, nonetheless, refused to honour the invitation, prompting the EFCC operatives and a group of policemen to storm his official residence within the Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja, to arrest him.
It took the intervention of ex-Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for Ekweremadu to be let off the hook on the time.
In 2021, he was arrested by the EFCC over one other allegation of fraud.
The fee accused the politician of failing to elucidate how he happened 22 properties in Nigeria, the US, the UK and the United Arab Emirates.
In a press release issued by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC stated Ekweremadu was underneath investigation for failing to declare the possession of the 22 properties with the Code of Conduct Bureau.
The properties have been listed as: No 11 Evans Enwerem Road, Apo Legislative Quarters, Apo, Abuja; Plot 2633 Kyami, Abuja; Housing Property; Plot 1106 CRD, Cadastral Zone 07-07, Lugbe, Abuja; Plot 2782, Asokoro Extension, Abuja; homes at Citi Park Property, Gwagwalada, Abuja and Plot 1474, Cadastral Zone BD6, Mabushi, Abuja.
Others have been the Congress Courtroom, Abuja; Flat 1, Block D25, Athletics Road, (twenty fourth Road), Video games Village, Abuja; and Plot 66, 64 Crescent, Gwarimpa Property, Abuja.
The properties positioned overseas included Flat 4, Varsity Courtroom, Harmer Road, WIH 4NW, London; 52, Ayleston Avenue, NW6 7AB, London; Room 1903, The Handle Lodge, Downtown Dubai; The Handle Boulevard, 3901, Dubai; two Flats of Burij Facet Boulevard (the signature), Dubai and Emirate Gardens Condominium No. EGG1/1/114, Dubai.
The relaxation have been – Emirate Gardens Condominium No. EGG1/115, Dubai; condominium DFB/12/B 1204, Park Towers, Dubai; Flat 3604, MAG214, Dubai; Villa No 148, Maeen 1, The Lakes Emirates Hills, Dubai; 4507 Stella Road, Bellavida Property Kissime, Florida, United States; 2747 Membership Cortile Circle, Kissime, Florida, US and 2763 Membership Cortile Circle, Kissime, Florida, US.
The Federal Authorities later approached the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja, to grant an order for the forfeiture of the properties.
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