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EFCC is responsible for Mashati in London – Ekweremadu told the Federal High Court

On Thursday in the Federal High Court in Abuja, the former deputy speaker of the upper house of parliament, Ike Ekwerimadu, accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of being responsible for his suffering in the London court where he was being held.

The senator who was being held in London over an alleged organ harvesting scandal told the Federal High Court that the anti-graft agency had written a letter to the London court which caused the foreign court to refuse to allow him bail.

Ikewirimado’s allegations are contained in an application he filed in a Nigerian court seeking an order to set aside the temporary order issued in favor of the federal government to seize 40 of his properties in the country and abroad.

In the application filed by his lawyer, President Adegboyega Awomolo SAN, Ekweremadu claimed that the forfeiture order was granted by the federal government in error because EFCC had concealed information and facts about the property.

Specifically, the detained senator alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission fraudulently obtained the government’s forfeiture order by withholding information that the investigation into the 40 properties had been underway since 2008.

He alleged, among other things, that the EFCC was fully aware that he was being held in London when the application for forfeiture was made and discussed.

He said the anti-graft agency had deliberately refused to disclose to the court that he was being held in London and would not be able to contest the request for forfeiture.

Therefore, the senator called on the court to set aside the order of forfeiture and stop the proceedings in the case until he resolved his ordeal before the court of London.

However, EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Silvanos Tahir San, denied that his client was behind Iquerimado’s ordeal.

However, he admitted that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission wrote the London court on special request adding that it was normal routine for anti-graft agencies to exchange information that would help each other.

Tahir did not contest the request for a stay of proceedings until Ikwerimadu had fully resolved his case before the London Court, however, he strongly opposed the request to set aside the forfeiture order.

Judge Inyang Edem Ekwo after taking arguments from the parties selected on January 11 next year to rule on this issue.

On Friday, November 4, the court had ordered the temporary seizure of 40 properties linked to Iquerimado in some parts of the country and abroad.

Judge Ekwo issued the order following a motion by a former party that was passed on to the EFCC by Ibrahim Buba, Attorney.

Judge Echo, who approved the motion, ordered the anti-graft agency to publish the temporary property forfeiture order in a national daily newspaper within seven days.

The judge directed anyone with an interest in the forfeited property to indicate within 14 days of the publication of the temporary forfeiture order why the property was not permanently forfeited to the federal government.

The affected properties include 10 properties in Enugu, three in the USA, two in the UK, one in Lagos, nine in Dubai, UAE and 15 in the Federal Capital Territory.

EFCC is responsible for Mashati in London – Ekweremadu told the Federal High Court

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