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Why Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu Honoured EFCC’s Invitation

Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, is currently at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC office. According to a report, the Senate President arrived at the EFCC office in Abuja between 9-10:00 a.m.

The news agency said their sources confirmed that Ekweremadu is currently being interrogated on charges bothering on corruption and are not sure when he would be released.

“We have some questions for him bordering on corruption,” a source said. “But we do not know yet when he would be released, we will know this by 5:00 p.m.”

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Mr Ekweremadu, the most-senior member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in public office, was invited for questioning last week Tuesday.

The invitation became public hours after EFCC operatives laid a siege to the top lawmaker’s home at Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja.

Mr Ekweremadu has faced multiple allegations of sharp practices in recent years, including claims that he forged Senate standing rules which led to the controversial election of principal officers in June 2015.

He has also been accused of owning multiple properties abroad, some allegedly purchased using shell firms and political associates fronting for him.

Mr Ekweremadu strongly denied all allegations of corruption, alleging political persecution and daring anyone with evidence of sharp practices against him to come forward.

Mr Ekweremadu’s spokesperson, Uche Anichukwu, did not immediately have comments for newsmen about the development, saying he was “boarding” a flight.

Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesperson for the EFCC, said he would need some time to find out details of Mr Ekweremadu’s presence at the anti-graft office.

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