The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has accused former Chief Judge of Enugu, Justice Innocent Umezulike, Presidential Special Assistant on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla of stealing and manipulating his will.
In a statement on Monday, Ekweremadu said Obono-Obla in connivance with Justice Umezulike, and a 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.
The statement which he titled: “This Too Shall Pass” was signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu.
“There has been a sustained smear campaign against my person by Okoi Obono-Obla, using Sahara Reporters, and other unsuspecting media outfits in the past few weeks.
“I would have continued to ignore them, but for the concern of my well-wishers. Therefore, the public may wish to know as follows:
“About July 2016, former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Hon. Justice Innocent Umezulike, in his capacity as the Chief Judge of Enugu State at the time, together with his lawyer, and Barrister Tagbo Ike, in connivance with some politicians, broke into the Probate Registry, Enugu, took away my will, and left behind a photocopy.
“They copied the properties listed in the will and added many imaginary properties and started churning out baseless petitions to government agencies and officials,” the statement read.
An Online medium had published a petition written by Justice Umezulike, sometime ago, asking the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe how Ekweremadu acquired 32 choice properties in Nigeria and abroad.
Umezulike said Ekweremadu’s lifestyle and the properties he has acquired are not justified by his source of income and should be probed under Section 7 (1) (b) of the EFCC Act.
Ekweremadu said of the petition: “In their petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, for instance, they claimed, in a demonstration of gross ignorance, that I was given money by the Federal Government to develop the South East geopolitical zone, but that I used it to purchase 32 properties.
“They sent similar petitions to Mr. President, the Vice President, Senate President, Attorney-General of the Federation, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Code of Conduct Bureau, Director-General of the Department of State Security, Inspector-General of Police, Commissioner of Police (Enugu), among others.
“I do not intend to respond, for now, to the smear campaign related to the 2019 election, which is spearheaded by Okoi Obono-Obla, using Sahara Reporters. I will speak more on this subject at the appropriate time.
“For now, let me state that Justice Innocent Umezulike has since been dismissed from service by the National Judicial Council and is facing trial in different courts. God is also on top of the matter in several other ways in the life of Justice Umezulike’s.
“It suffices to add that with what is unfolding now, the current smear campaign championed by Okoi Obono-Obla, is helping to expose those, who acted with Justice Umezulike, to steal my will. They have been peddling this so-called ‘discovery’ since July 2016.
“Umezulike has also, in several other petitions, attacked myself and my family. He also, at some point, accused me of killing several people, which the office of the Inspector-General of Police investigated; and probably, he will soon face appropriate charges bordering on false information.
“Let me, therefore, call on all those, who are concerned about this smear campaign, not to worry. This too shall pass. History will vindicate the just and the wicked will never go unpunished.”