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Police reportedly raided Deputy Senate President Ekweremadu’s Maitama residence on Friday

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

The Maitama guest house of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President, was reportedly raided by the police on Friday.

According to Mr. Uche Anichukwu, the Special Adviser Ekweremadu, the Deputy President of the Senate was not informed neither were his senior aides aware of the search.

He noted that only the steward was present when the policemen allegedly from the Police Force Headquarters arrive the residence and conducted their search and found nothing.

Senator Ekweremadu had few weeks ago alleged that there was plans by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to raid him home either in Abuja or Enugu.

According to a statement released by Ekweremadu’s aide, Uche Anichukwu, the incident happened at about 8am on Friday morning.

“At about 8 am on Friday, May 26, 2017, men of the Nigeria Police Force from the Inspector General of Police Special Squad raided the official guest house of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, located at No. 10 Ganges Street, Maitama, Abuja. The police, however, stated at the end of the search that nothing incriminating was found.

“They met the steward, Oliver Ogenyi, and some of Ekweramdu’s staff and their children in the house. In spite of the fact that they were informed that the property is the guest house of the Deputy President of the Senate, they nevertheless proceeded to thoroughly search the house without establishing any contact with the Deputy President of the Senate or any of his senior staff. The steward was taken away by the police to the Special Anti-Robbery (SARS) Office, Garki, Abuja, where the IGP Special Squad’s office is also located. Ogenyi was later released after making a statement.

“The Deputy President of the Senate is a law-abiding citizen and does not dispute the fact that the security agencies are empowered by law to carry out searches on premises in accordance with the law. However, the law requires that the owner of the property or his representative must be informed and should be present during the search.

“Senator Ekweremadu is worried about the manner in which his guest house was raided. The questions are: Was there a search warrant? What were they looking for? Who searched the police officers before the search? Who supervised the search?

“Instructively, this incident comes just a few weeks after Senator Ekweremadu, on May 3, 2017, read to the Senate in plenary a written, but anonymous tip-off by a patriotic Nigerian on a plot to plant incriminating sums of foreign currencies, arms, and ammunitions in a house linked to him under the pretext of the whistleblower policy. The aim, according to the source, was to rubbish, arrest, prosecute, and ultimately remove Senator Ekweremadu from office.”

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