The Federal Government has filed fresh criminal charges against Deputy Senate President, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, and the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East, Chief Albert Akpan, following alleged failure to declare their assets.
In the two sets of charges it lodged before Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, the Federal Government alleged that the two lawmakers refused to declare their assets in a manner prescribed by Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property.
Both Ekweremadu and Akpan were slammed with two-count criminal allegations in separate charges marked FHC/ABJ/CR/62/2018 and FHC/ABJ/CR/88/2018, which were okayed by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN. Recall of Paris Club refund: Govs resolve to use fund to offset salaries Meanwhile, trial Justice John Tsoho, yesterday, gave Federal Government the nod to serve the charge on the defendants through substituted means. Justice Tsoho made the order after he heard an ex-parte motion moved by government lawyer, Dr. Celsus Ukpong. The court directed that copies of the two charges be served on Ekweremadu and Akpan through the Clerk of the National Assembly. While it fixed October 22 for Ekweremadu to enter his plea to the charge against him, dated May 10, 2018, government was permitted to dock Senator Akpan on November 7.
Justice Tsoho, however, rejected Federal Government’s prayer to be allowed to temporarily confiscate some of the property linked to the defendants, pending the investigation of allegation against them “bordering on false allegation of asset, and diversion of public funds, conspiracy, abuse of office and possession of wealth far beyond their legitimate incomes as public officers or suspicious asset.”