Breaking : FG Seeks Court Order to Temporarily Freeze Properties Linked to Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu would soon have his day in court over his alleged vast properties scattered across the globe.
This is as the Federal Government approached a Federal High Court in Abuja, Wednesday, seeking an order to temporarily freeze properties and assets linked to him.
The suit which was filed on behalf of the Federal government by its solicitor, Festus Keyamo (SAN), was brought pursuant to section 330 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and section 8 of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provision) Act.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/284/2018, the applicant, (Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property) is seeking the order of temporary forfeiture of the said properties pending the conclusion of its investigation.
In a four paragraph affidavit deposed to by one Yohana Shankuk, a clerk in the Chambers of Festus Keyamo, the plaintiff stated that the order is necessary to forestall any frustration of the investigation of Ekweremadu by the panel.
The Special Presidential Investigative Panel, headed by Okoi Obono-Obla is accusing Ekweremadu of not making full disclosure of his assets as required by the rules of a public officer.
Recall last Monday, Ekweremadu had accused former Chief Judge of Enugu, Justice Innocent Umezulike, and Presidential Special Assistant on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla of stealing and manipulating his will.
Ekweremadu said Obono-Obla in connivance with Justice Umezulike, and one lawyer, Tagbo Ike, broke into the probate registry to steal the document.
He said the three of them stole his will, leaving behind a photocopy which had in it imaginary properties.
However, properties said to have been declared by the Deputy Senate President in schedule A of his asset declaration form as at June, 2015 include: 5 Bedroom Duplex & Boys Quarters, House A40 Apo Quarters, Apo, Abuja (purportedly acquired with a loan of N13.5m from Bank PHB); 10 Bedroom House with Guest Chalet & Boy Quarters, 2 Jim Nwobodo Street, Apo, Abuja (purportedly acquired with a mortgage loan of N412.2m from Aso Savings & Loan); 7 Bedroom House with Pent House & Boy quarters, Plot 147A Mabushi, Abuja (purportedly valued at N3.471m acquired with salaries & allowances), 2 RM Apartment, MAG 214 Dubai (purportedly bought for $50,000.00), 4 Bedroom Town House, The Lake Dubai (purportedly bought for $20,000.00), 4 RM Town House, Florida (he claims he bought this House from a loan of $155,000.00 gotten from PHB), Plots 2 & 10, Republic Layout, Enugu (undeveloped land, purportedly valued at N4m), Plot 1518, Maitama Extension, Abuja undeveloped land (purportedly valued at N10m), Plot 2882, Asokoro Extension, Abuja (purportedly valued at N13m), 2 RM Apartment, Burjside Boulevard, Dubai, UAE (he claims he bought it for $250,000.00), One Room Apartment, Emirate Garden, Dubai, UAE (He claims he bought it for $60,000.00), Park Tower, Dubai, UAE (he claims he bought it for $250,000.00), 3 Room Town House (2), Club Corticle, Orlando, USA (he claims he bought this property for $200,000.00), 4 Room House, Plot 1496 AI Thannyah, Fourth, Dubai, UAE (he claims he bought this property for $250,000.00), 4 Bedroom Terrace House, Games Village, Abuja, among others.
Details of investment in and outside Nigeria/shares, debentures and other securities in and outside Nigeria were also listed in the schedule.
They include: 5, 100,000 – Citi Park Luxury Hotels Ltd (purportedly valued at N350m),
Other securities in and outside Nigeria also listed in the schedule are: i. 40, 000 – Prime & Power Konsult Ltd (purportedly valued at N40 Million);, ii. 50,000 – Prime Properties Ltd (purportedly valued at N50 Million, iii. 70,000 – Spider Construction Ltd (purportedly valued at N36 Million).
The Deputy Senate President, however was said to have failed to make the following declaration in schedule B of his assets declaration forms in Abuja:
i. No. 11, Evans Enwerem Street, Apo Legislative Quarters, Apo, Abuja., ii. Plot 2633 Kyami, Abuja, iii. Housing Estate (Plot 1106 CRD, Cadastral Zone 07-07, Lugbe, Abuja, iv Plot 2782 Asokoro Extension, Abuja, v. Houses at Citi Park Estate, Gwagwalada, Abuja, vi. Plot 1474 Cadastral Zone BD6, Mabushi, Abuja., vii. Congress Court, Abuja, viii. Flat 1, Block D25, Athletics Street, (24th Street) Games Village, Abuja., ix. Plot 66, 64 Crescent, Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja
Others include properties in the UK, USA, and Dubai.

Author: News Editor

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