JUST IN: Ekweremadu in EFCC custody
Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu is currently at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, multiple sources confirmed this to online newspaper, Premium Times.
Ekweremadu was said to have arrived at the anti-graft agency’s office in Abuja between 9-10:00 a.m. and is currently at the interrogation room of the agency where he is being grilled by anti-graft detectives, but the source but could not say 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.”
Ekweremadu who is 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.
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; these has has strongly claiming that the allegations were political persecution while he dared anyone with evidence of sharp practices against him to come forward.