… As FIRS Disowns Report On Alleged Properties
A top-ranking officer in the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) has debunked the online report that the office intended to arraign the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, over the issues of overseas properties allegedly linked to him.
This was even as the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, has disowned an online publication, which credited with the information on overseas property allegedly linked to the Senator.
Reports by an online publisher claimed that the Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Tunde Fowler, wrote the authorities of the United Arab Emirates and United States regarding landed properties allegedly owned by Senator Ekweremadu. It also claimed that the Nigerian government reportedly wrote to the Special Fraud Unit, Kingdom over the lawmaker.
However, top sources at the FIRS, which described the report as false, said FIRS never wrote such letters, challenging the online publisher to “publish the letters in a matter of hours if it truly had it”.
In the same vain, a top-raking officer in the office of AGF who prefers to remain anonymous, told our reporter that, the office had nothing against Ekweremadu on the basis of the alleged properties nor had any reason to take him to the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
“We do not yet recieve any memo from the Code of Conduct Bureau on any false declaration of assets by the Senator. We also saw the report like every other Nigerian, but there is nothing like that from our end”, the source said.
Efforts to reach Ekweremadu’s office has been futile. However, a source knowledgeable about the issues around the publications fingered the Chairman, Special Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono Obla as the mastermind of the serial misleading reports allegedly as a payback for Ekweremadu’s refusal to pay bribe.
“He sent emissaries to Ekweremadu twice to demand gratification or be ejected from his Apo Quarters residence and face other public embarrassment, but the Senator told them off”, the source told our correspondent.
She continued: “ All you are seeing is his own stupid way of getting even. It is also his cheap way of helping the government to distract Nigerians from the killings in Benue, Zamfara, Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna, Taraba, and the abduction of 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi, which the Senate has been questioning.
“It is his contribution to the faceoff between the presidency and the National Assembly over the former’s refusal to respect the principle of separation of powers and clear provisions of the laws of Nigeria.
“This APC brand of democracy does not work in the United Kingdom, USA, UAE or indeed any other civilized world. Did they need to write to the USA or UK or whatever country when they could simply go to the Code of Conduct Tribunal to verify the Senator’s assets?
“This government is full of comedians, who should stop humiliating Nigerians before the world. It should focus on halting the country’s free fall on all development indices and global rankings.
“It should also deal with the numerous established cases of corruption involving it officials and agencies, but which it either condones or covers”.