Nigeria's Deputy Senate President accuses chief judge of ‘stealing’ his will

Nigeria's dep Senate President has said that a former state chief judge connived with politicians to steal his will in Enugu.

Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has accused a former state chief judge of conniving to steal his will and launch a campaign of calumny against his person.

Ekweremadu, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Uche Anichukwu, alleged that in 2016, a former chief Judge in Enugu State, Innocent Umezulike, connived with some politicians to break into the Probate Registry of the state and steal his will.

The lawmaker 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.”

Ekweremadu also said petitions against him was sent to President Muhammadu Buhari, 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.

The lawmaker representing Enugu under the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party has said that the smear campaign against him is because of the 2019 elections.

Ekweremadu is accused of having assets in United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America which he allegedly did not disclose in his declarations to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

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