Senator Ike Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has been charged to court by the Federal Government with offences bordering on alleged refusal to declare assets.

Also, Senator Bassey Akpan (PDP-Akwa Ibom North-East) was charged by the government for refusing to declare his assets to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIPRPP).

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The Okoi Obono-Obla-led SPIPRPP had, on behalf of the Federal Government, filed the two separate criminal suits containing two counts each against the senators.

It filed the criminal suit marked FHC/ABJ/CR/62/2018 against Ekweremadu on May 11, 2018, while it instituted the one marked FHC/ABJ/CR/88/2018 against Akpan on June 13, 2018.

On Wednesday, Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja where two separate sets of charges were instituted against the senators, ordered that the charges and other accompanying papers be served on the two of them through the Clerk of the National Assembly.

The judge, after granting the orders for service through substituted means, fixed October 22 for the next hearing date in respect of Ekweremadu’s case and November 19 for Akpan’s.