Ex-Enugu CJ Fires Back At Ekweremadu, Asks NSA To Probe Him
Tasks NSA To Investigate How Ekweremadu Acquired 32 Choice Properties
Former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Professor I.A Umezulike has returned fire for fire to Deputy Senate President, Mr. Ike Ekweremadu following his statement on how the Ex-Enugu Chief , collaborating with some politicians stole and doctored his will.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, the Deputy Senate President lashed out against Umezulike, and a presidential aide, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla.
In a report published by ElombahNews on Monday, Ekweremadu said:
“About July 2016, former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Hon. Justice Innocent Umezulike, in his capacity as the Chief Judge of Enugu State at the time, together with his lawyer, and Barrister Tagbo Ike, in connivance with some politicians, broke into the Probate Registry, Enugu, took away my will, and left behind a photocopy.
“They copied the properties listed in the will and added many imaginary properties and started churning out baseless petitions to government agencies and officials.
“In their petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, for instance, they claimed, in a demonstration of gross ignorance, that I was given money by the Federal Government to develop the South East geopolitical zone, but that I used it to purchase 32 properties.
“They sent similar petitions to Mr. President, the Vice President, Senate President, Attorney-General of the Federation, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Code of Conduct Bureau, Director-General of the Department of State Security, Inspector-General of Police, Commissioner of Police (Enugu), among others.
“I do not intend to respond, for now, to the smear campaign related to the 2019 election, which is spearheaded by Okoi Obono-Obla, using Sahara Reporters. I will speak more on this subject at the appropriate time.
“For now, let me state that Justice Innocent Umezulike has since been dismissed from service by the National Judicial Council and is facing trial in different courts.”
In his reaction, the former Chief Justice asked the National Security Adviser (NSA), Brigadier-General Babagana Monguno (retd), to order EFCC to probe how Ekweremadu acquired 32 choice properties in Nigeria and abroad.
The demand was made in a letter addressed to NSA by the retired Chief Judge and dated June 16, 2017.
Professor Umezulike said Mr. Ekweremadu’s lifestyle and the properties he has acquired are not justified by this source of income and should be probed under Section 7 (1) (b) of the EFCC Act.
The letter stated:
“In sum, from 1999 till date, he has been in the realm of public office without any break to engage in any personal business.
“Thus, his emoluments in the past 18 years are easily ascertainable from Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission.”
He also claimed that becoming a Senator in 1999, Ekweremadu was a struggling lawyer, who lived in a depressed suburb of Enugu.
“He managed to eke out a living as a ‘charge and bail’ legal practitioner,” said Professor Umezulike, who attached photographs of buildings that housed the Deputy Senate President’s law office.
Professor Umezulike noted that within a space of 18 years in public office, Mr. Ekweremadu has amassed billions of naira and used part of the money to buy high-end properties across four continents.
He added that Mr. Ekweremadu has money in the vaults of Sterling Bank Plc and United Bank of Africa.
He included some properties in Abuja to include:
- Plot 1518 Maitama, 11 Evan Enwerem Street,
- Apo Legislative Quarters, Plot 2633 Kyami Housing Estate
- Plot 1106 CRD, Cadastral Zone 07-07, Lugbe
- 2, Jim Nwobodo Street, Apo Legislative Quarters, and,
- Plot 2782 Asokoro Extension.
- Plot 1474 Cadastral Zone BD6, Mabushi
- Congress Court, Abuja
- Flat 1, Block D25, Athletics Street, (24th Street) Games Village
- Plot 66, 64 Crescents, Gwarimpa Estate
- as well as some in Citi Park Estate, Gwagwalada
In London he has:
- Flat 4 Varsity Court, Hormer Street, WIH 4NW, London; and,
- 52 Ayleston Avenue, NW6 7AB, London.
In Dubai, they are:
- Room 1903, The Address Hotel, Downtown Dubai, The Address Boulevard, 3901, Dubai
- 2 Flats of Burij Side Boulevard (The Signature), Dubai
- Emirate Gardens Apartment No. EGG1/1/114, Dubai
- Emirate Gardens Apartment No. EGG1/115, Dubai
- Apartment No. DFB/12/B 1204, Park Towers, Dubai
- Flat 3604, MAG 214, Dubai; and,
- Villa No 148, Maeen1, The Lakes Emirates Hills, Dubai.
In the United States of America:
- 4507 Stella Street, Bellavida Estate
- 2747 Club Cortile Circle, and,
- 2763 Club Cortile Circle, all in Kissime, Florida.
He, therefore, urged NSA to direct thorough investigation of these properties of Senator Ekweremadu “with a view of bringing him to book and edify the fight against economic and financial crimes in Nigeria,” Umezulike concluded.
However, reacting to the allegations, an anonymous observer told ElombahNews:
“We have just been told recently what a senator takes home monthly [N13.5 million].
“Don’t you know how many years he has been in the Senate?
“If he decides to invest his money in estates, he should not be blamed. What of others in his category?
“Simply say all NASS members should be investigated,” he noted.