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Raid on Ekweremadu’s Home: Man Remanded in Prison for False Information


A man, Ahmed Echodo, has been remanded in Keffi Prison for giving false information which led to the raiding of the residence of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
Policemen from the Inspector General of Police Special Squad, had on May 27 raided the Maitama home of Ekweremadu but nothing incriminating was found at the end of the exercise.
The Deputy Senate President, however, described the developnt which he said happened without a search warrant as a calculated plot to undermine him.
Ekweremadu in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu said the incident happened at 8 am at No. 10 Ganges Street, Maitama, Abuja.
Meanwhile, an Upper Area Court in Gudu, Abuja, gave the remand order, Tuesday, after the Inspector General of Police arraigned the suspect on a one count charge of criminal conspiracy and giving false information to mislead public servant, contrary to 97(1) and 140 of penal code law.
The count reads: “That you Ahmed Echoda age 50 of No 44 Living Truth Street, Masaka Nassarawa State and one Maiwada Adamu now at large did conspired within yourselves by informing the office of IGP at Guzepe Area of FCT, Abuja, that house No 10 Gamges Street Maitama, FCT, Abuja, occupied by Oliver Ogbenyi is being maintained and used for criminal activities including keeping of arms and ammunition, unfortunately after the police carried out diligence execution of the search warrant no incriminating items were found there.
“You by such action mislead the police and hereby committed the above offences”.
After the charge was read, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the one count charge.
The defendant, who was given a chance to speak in court, said the police have not proved to him how he passed false information to them.
“I neither passed a written nor verbal information to the police”
The defence counsel Peter Ugwuoke then applied for bail of the defendant.
Police prosecution counsel, David Taiwo, opposed the bail application on grounds that the offence of the defendant is not ordinarily bailable.
“The accused may tamper with investigation since one of the accused person is still at large.
“Therefore we are praying the court to refuse this bail application” he said.
After listening to both parties, Chief Magistrate Umar Kagarko adjourned till June 5 for ruling on the bail application.

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