- Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy Senate, on Friday, August 3, said that contrary to media reports, he never fell sick because of the EFCC's move to interrogate him
- His spokesman, Uche Anichukwu, described reports claiming that his principal developed high blood pressure due to the anti-graft body's bid to interrogate him as false
- Anichukwu further said that Ekweremadu is yet to be interrogated by the commission
Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy Senate president on Friday, August 3, said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has resolved to postpone his interrogation that started on Tuesday, July 31, after he complained of health issues not necessarily caused by the proposed cross-questioning.
Ekweremadu had been issued a notice by anti-graft commission for interrogation over allegations of conspiracy, illicit asset acquisition and money laundering, Punch reports.
However, he was released on administrative bail and scheduled to return on Wednesday, August 1, for the kick-starting of the interrogatory process.
His spokesman, Uche Anichukwu said that although Ekweremadu returned to the EFCC's headquarters in Abuja, he quickly sought a leave to attend to his health.
Ekweremadu's spokesman said: "There was no interrogation whatsoever on Wednesday, let alone presentation of so-called additional facts that purportedly triggered his blood pressure.”
He berated contrary reports as an “orchestrated media trial”, stating that Ekweremadu was able to convince EFCC doctors that he was unfit to be cross-questioned. “It was agreed that a new date would be fixed for continuation of the interview,” he said.
A presidential panel combating illegal assets identified some of Ekweremadu’s local and foreign properties for seizure earlier in 2018, a proceeding the top lawmaker condemned as a political witch-hunt triggered by his criticism of the Buhari-led government.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the EFCC was set to interrogate the deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, over some assets linked to him.
The commission's detectives are to quiz the senator at the EFCC's headquarters in Abuja on Monday, July 30, The Nation reports. Ekweremadu was to appear before the commission by 10am.
A source who spoke on the matter said the fresh invitation followed the DSP's request that he be given a new date for interrogation.
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