All is not well within the camp of the South-East Senate Caucus, as strong indications have emerged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), maybe plotting to move against its key members, over their roles in the release of the the leader of Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
It was gathered that some key members of the caucus, met at the private residence of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Abuja on Tuesday night, where they extensively discussed the alleged looming political persecution.
At the Tuesday meeting, IPOB leader, Mr. Kanu, was in attendance. Also in attendance were Ekweremadu, Senators Enyinnaya Abaribe, Theodore Orji, Andy Uba, Hope Uzodinma, Gilbert Nnaji, Sam Egwu and Sonni Ugbuoji.
It was learnt that prior to the release of Kanu, the caucus met at Ekweremadu’s residence, where the lawmakers reportedly made huge donations towards release of Kanu. The lawmakers, in one of the meetings, also named Senator Abaribe to serve as one of the the sureties to Kanu.
However, it was also learnt that the Presidency is unhappy, over the roles played by the Senators.
Worried that he may be the first casualty, Ekweremadu, raised the alarm on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, of plans by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to invade his country home in Enugu and other apartments, under the guise of searching for looted funds.
Ekweremadu who read a letter, reportedly written to him by an unnamed Nigerian, informing him of EFCC’s plans, said the anti-graft agency is also planning to ‘plant’ ammunition in his apartment during the raid.
He said the move is to force him out of office and give the impression that he is a corrupt politician, unfit to hold any public office.
He said plans have also been perfected by the EFCC to use groups to protest in major cities across the country, calling for his resignation and prosecution.
Reading the letter, Ekweremadu said: “Distinguished Senator, there is a grand plan from the cabals in the presidency, using the EFCC as an anti-graft agency to indict and remove you from office. These cabals in the presidency have mandated the EFCC chairman to carry out this evil operation within two weeks.
“On the 6th of May Saturday, 2017. That is between Saturday night and Sunday morning, the EFCC alongside with local and international media both print and TV will raid an apartment under the guise of whistle blowing policy of the Federal Government.
“They will come with a search warrant already obtained from a Magistrate Court to search an apartment allegedly to be one of your guest houses in Enugu, the state capital or any available apartment in your senatorial district that will serve this evil purpose.
“EFCC is claiming to have received a tip off from a whistle blower in your state alerting the agency of a large huge amount of money of different currencies in the said apartment belonging to you, senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They will say that the money is a proceed which is likely to be illegally obtained and acquired, which constitute abuse of office and corruption.”
Reading the letter further, Ekweremadu noted: “A huge amount of money with different currencies, such as British pound sterling, US dollars, Indian rupee, South Africa rand, and Malaysian Ringgit will be ‘discovered’.
“Documents alleging to be yours, such as 2015 campaign memo and logistic, a list of names of chairmen of local wards of party men and women that benefited from your empowerment programme and other cooked up documents bearing your signature.
“A single photo portrait of yours will be placed in the sitting room. Ammunition such as AK 47, two pump action gun with unused gun bullet will be found.
“You will be invited by the anti-graft agency for questioning and interrogation to shed more light on the said apartment which will lead to your arrest and detention, pending the outcome of the investigation.
“While you are still in detention, sponsored nongovernmental organiaations will be protesting round the nation and in cities like Lagos, Enugu, Anambra, Abuja, etc. Sponsored youth in your senatorial district will come to Abuja protesting in the National Assembly gate with petitions submitted to the Senate President and one to the Clark to the National Assembly recalling you.
“While protest is ongoing according to their evil plan, the EFCC after detaining you for at least three weeks, you will be charge to court since section 308 immunity clause does not apply to your office.
“The cabals in the presidency are planning to indict you and to kill your political ambition so that you can no longer stand for any future elections. They also want to show to the international community and Nigerian people that you are a corrupt politician.
“I sympathised with you and God will continue to use people like us to destabilize their evil plan against you. I wish you all the best in your political journey.”
Sources in the Deputy Senate President’s office, told Daily Sun that the move against their principal, may not also be unconnected to Ekweremadu’s recent calls on the Federal Government to raise the national minimum wage from N18,000 to N50,000.
source: Daily Sun