The Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, was hurriedly released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday after reportedly suffering high blood pressure during interrogation.
According to reports, the lawmaker was being grilled over his numerous assets in Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States and United Arab Emirates, UAE, and was specifically asked to account for how he came about over 60 assets.
Sources at the anti-graft agency told the Punch that the Enugu West senator, who was interrogated for over eight hours on Tuesday, returned for another round of questioning on Wednesday morning but after some hours, he took ill.
A detective at the commission said, “During the interrogation on Wednesday, the Deputy Senate President started to complain of discomfort and he told us that he had high blood pressure. We noticed the symptoms and we immediately released him.”
“We were able to highlight additional 38 assets, added to the initial 22 on which he ought to give explanation.
“The grilling started smoothly until he complained of discomfort and he was unable to continue to answer our questions. His sudden illness might have arise from high blood pressure.
“Since he needed urgent medical attention, we allowed him to go to the hospital of his choice for treatment,” the Nation quotes a top EFCC source as saying.
Ekweremadu, who has been a senator since 2003, is, among other things, accused of owning 22 properties. It was alleged that while the lawmaker listed some of the properties in his asset declaration form filled at the Code of Conduct Bureau, over half of the properties were undeclared.
According to the Punch report, “the undeclared assets were identified as 11, Evans Enwerem Street, Apo Legislative Quarters, Apo, Abuja; Plot 2633 Kyami, Abuja; Housing Estate, Plot 1106 CRD, Cadastral Zone 07-07, Lugbe, Abuja; Plot 2782, Asokoro Extension, Abuja; houses at Citi Park Estate, Gwagwalada, Abuja; and Plot 1474, Cadastral Zone BD6, Mabushi, Abuja.
“Other properties allegedly undeclared by the senator include Congress Court, Abuja; Flat 1, Block D25, Athletics Street, (24th Street) Games Village, Abuja; and Plot 66, 64 Crescent, Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja.
“Properties allegedly owned by Ekweremadu abroad include Flat 4 Varsity Court, Harmer Street, WIH 4NW, London; 52 Ayleston Avenue, NW6 7AB, London; Room 1903, The Address Hotel, Downtown Dubai; The Address Boulevard, 3901, Dubai; two Flats of Burij Side Boulevard (the signature), Dubai and Emirate Gardens Apartment No. EGG1/1/114, Dubai.
“Others are Emirate Gardens Apartment No. EGG1/115, Dubai; apartment DFB/12/B 1204, Park Towers, Dubai; Flat 3604, MAG214, Dubai; Villa No 148, Maeen 1, The Lakes Emirates Hills, Dubai; 4507 Stella Street, Bellavida Estate Kissime, Florida, United States; and 2747 Club Cortile Circle, Kissime, Florida, US; and 2763 Club Cortile Circle, Kissime, Florida, US.”