The Federal High Court, Abuja has been appealed to seize some properties belong in Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, for failing to declare the assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau.
Nine of the targeted properties are said to be in Abuja, two of them in London, the United Kingdom, eight in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and three in Florida, the United States.
Ekweremadu did not declare the stated properties in the assets declaration forms dated June1, 2007 and June 1, 2015, according to the Okoi Obono-Obla Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property as they filed their case before the court.
The presidential panel through a private lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), engaged to institute the legal action, prayed the court that the properties be seized pending the time the investigation would be concluded.
The application accompanied by an affidavit of urgency, seeking an urgent hearing of the motion, was anchored on four grounds.
The grounds includes, “That the properties listed in Schedule A hereunder were the properties declared by the respondent in his assets declaration form at the Code of Conduct Bureau.
“That ongoing investigation/inquiries have revealed that the properties listed in Schedule B also belong to the respondent and so belonged to him when he declared his assets in Schedule A.
“That the properties listed in Schedule B were not declared in the assets declaration form of the respondent.
“That preliminary investigation by the applicant reveals that a prima facie case of a breach of Code of Conduct for Public Officers has been made out against the respondent.”
Ekweremadu is the only respondent to the motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/284/2018.
As its sole prayer, the applicant seeks, “An interim order of this honourable court temporarily attaching/forfeiting the properties listed in Schedule B hereunder to the Federal Government on Nigeria pending the conclusion of further inquiry/investigation by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property and/or possible arraignment of the respondent.”
Some of the properties in Schedule B, which the Federal Government urged the court to seize temporarily are at No. 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, and Houses at Citi Park Estate, Gwagwalada, Abuja.
They also include, Plot 1474 Cadastral Zone BD6, Mabushi, Abuja; Congress Court, Abuja; Flat 1, Block D25, Athletics Street, (24th Street) Games Village, Abuja; Plot 66, 64 Crescent, Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja.