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EFCC issues letter of invitation to Ekweremadu

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Securitysiege at residence lifted 

•Saraki outsmarts Police to announce 32 defectors from APC

Jude Johnson

The Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has issued a letter of invitation to the Deputy Senate President (DSP), Ike Ekweremadu, for questioning over allegations bordering on fraud and money laundering.

The surprising letter, which was issued on Tuesday  while Ekweremadu was being held hostage  at his residence in Apo, Abuja by  the security operatives including the Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and EFCC.

According to the EFCC letter  dated July 24, 2018, the DSP was supposed  report to the anti-corruption agency office in Wuse II by 10am on same day.

The EFFC letter  dated July 24, 2018, with reference CR:3000/EFCC/DOPS/VOL 49/40 and signed by the Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar Abba, was titled: “Investigation Activities: Case of Conspiracy, Abuse of Office and Money Laundering”.

It reads: “This Commission is investigating the above mentioned case in which your name features prominently and the need to obtain certain clarification from you became imperative.

“In view of the above, you are kindly requested to report and interview (sic) the undersigned at 5 Famola Street, Off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja on Tuesday, 24th July, 2018 at 10am prompt.”

“This request is made pursuant to section 38 (I) of the Economic and Financial Crimes (Establishment) Act 2004.

“Your cooperation in this regard is highly solicited, please.”

By the time of filing this report, information revealed that the security has been lifted from Ekweremadu’s home in Apo where he received some members of the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Senate President , Bukola Saraki,whose Maitama home was also under siege by Nigerian Police Force (NPF), was able to outsmart the Policemen to preside over the Tuesday’s plenary where he announced that 15 Senators have decamped from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

Saraki’s convoy was blocked near his home at Lake Chad Street in the Maitama area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Information had claimed that Saraki was on his way to honour the Police invitation by 8am today over criminal investigation on his alleged involvement at Offa Bank Robbery incident in Kwara State.

But this was not possible as Saraki surprisingly outwitted the security personnel and made it to the Senate Chambers where he presided the plenary as well as defection  of over 12 Senators from All Progressive Congress (APC) to rival parties.

Both the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren and the Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), DCP Jimoh Moshood proved abortive as their phones were either unreachable or did not respond to calls.

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