A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday 4th November, ordered the interim forfeiture of 40 landed properties belonging to the embattled former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
The order issued by Justice Inyang Ekwo follows an ex-parte motion (FHC/ABJ/CS/1242/2022) filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The interim forfeiture order includes 10 properties in Enugu, three in the United States of America (USA), two in the United Kingdom (UK), one in Lagos, nine in Dubai, and 15 located in the federal capital territory.
Some callers on Nigeria Info's Hard Facts while reacting to the ruling said the EFCC should not just stop at Ekweremadu. Instead, it should beam its searchlight on the entire legislature.
According to them, stopping at Ekweremadu might feel like a witch hunt.
"Does it not sound vulgar that one individual has nine houses in Dubai, in a country where 22 million children are out of school?" Alex, a caller asked.
Some of the callers called on the EFCC to create an opportunity for the former senate president to return and defend himself.
Recall that Ekweremadu and his wife are currently standing trial in the United Kingdom over alleged organ harvesting, with the hearing adjourned to January 31, 2023.