EFCC should deal with Ekweremadu thoroughly– Senator Ndume

Former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume has charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to thoroughly deal with the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

He accused the anti-graft commission of treating the DSP with kid gloves.

The Nation quoted Ndume as stating that interrogation by EFCC for suspected crime or anything is nothing new but that it appeared Ekweremadu was being pampered.

He said: “He said: “I find very strange and not happy with the way EFCC is handling the investigation of the Deputy Senate President, particularly and, by extension, even the way the Inspector General of Police is handling the case of Saraki.

“Everybody is equal before the law and that is what it should be. EFCC invited him, he was known to be sick and he went to a hospital not under the custody of EFCC.

“Ekweremadu should have gone to EFCC hospital because they will even give him better treatment than whichever hospital he has gone to. Now people like me are beginning to suspect that the EFCC is giving him soft landing.

“EFCC is treating some people preferentially and that is wrong. I don’t think the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, is doing the right thing by doing that. They should be treated equally, not even Ekweremadu, Ali Ndume or even Buhari.

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“Once anybody has issues with the law, they should be treated like every other person.

“Several ministers that are related with anything to do with money laundering or any financial crime, like the former Governor of Plateau, were invited, arrested and detained by EFCC.

“Senator Peter Nwaoboshi was arrested by EFCC; he is also a senator, detained and released later. He had issues that are medical.

“So I begin to wonder whether Magu is trying to compromise or change his style and I want to say that if he is doing his job, he should do it regardless of whoever is involved as long as there is an established case against an individual, he should be treated as any other person.

“I am not saying that he should not be allowed to go to the hospital but he should go to the hospital under the care of EFCC.”

“I, as a senator was accused one time and I was detained for 30 days and when I sought for medical attention, I got it from the DSS. Judges houses have been raided and they were taken to custody and they were released on bail.

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“David Mark was invited by EFCC and his passport was seized by EFCC. Stella Oduah was invited by EFCC and her passport was seized and she was allowed out on bail based on self recognisance.

“They invited Ekweremadu and as they were interrogating him, he said he was not feeling well and they said he should go to hospital and come back.

“That I find very strange. I am not saying he should not be accorded the respect of getting medical attention but if I go into EFCC, I can as well say I am sick and go.

Tomorrow when I come, I can say my blood pressure has gone up again, another day I can say I have headache or fever. If that is the way they will handle their investigation, then I begin to get worried,” he said.

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