The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the Deputy Senate President (DSP), Ike Ekweremadu, for interrogation over cases of fraud and money laundering.
A source from the Commission confirmed of his arrest earlier on Tuesday, saying “he was invited for questioning”.
The source also noted that the Ekweremadu is still in EFCC custody as at the time of reporting.
DSP’s arrest is coming barely a week after his residence in Apo, Abuja, was besieged by Nigerian security operatives including the Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and EFCC thereby stopping him from attending the controversial Senate plenary that saw about 14 Senators from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) decamped to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
On that fateful day, the EFCC had issued a letter dated July 24, 2018, the same day he was being asked to report to the anti-corruption agency office in Wuse II by 10am.
The EFFC letter 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.”