The Federal Government on Wednesday filed charges against the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District, Bassey Akpan for offences bordering on their refusal and negligence to declare their assets to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the recovery of public property.
Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday ordered that the charges and other accompanying papers be served on the two Senators through the Clerk of the National Assembly.
After granting the orders for service through substituted means, the judge fixed October 22, 2018, for hearing in respect of Senator Ekweremadu’s case and November 19, 2018, for Senator Akpan’s case.
The Okoi Obono-Obla-led Special Presidential Investigation Panel had, on behalf of the Federal Government, filed the two separate criminal suits containing two counts each against the Senators.
The panel had also in different applications applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for the interim forfeiture of the properties which both Senators allegedly failed to declare as their assets.
Senator Ekweremadu’s properties targeted for interim forfeiture includes nine in Abuja; two in London, the United Kingdom; eight in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates; and three in Florida, the United States of America.
In a separate ex parte application, the panel is targeting four houses allegedly linked to Senator Apkan, located at Katampe extension and Gwarimpa in Abuja for interim forfeiture.