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Court orders FG to serve criminal charges on Ekweremadu, Akpan

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to serve criminal charges on two senators, Ike EKweremadu, and Bassey Akpan, through the clerk of the National Assembly.
At resumed hearing yesterday, the Federal Government complained to the court that Ekwerewadu and Akpan had been evading the service of the criminal charges on them.
In two separate ex-parte motions argued before Justice Binta Nyako, counsel to the Federal Government, Selsus Ukpong, prayed the court for permission to serve the defendant the two count criminal charge through substituted service, the Clerk of the National Assembly.
He claimed that the Deputy Senate President had allegedly thwarted all efforts to serve him with the charge to formally kick-start his trial on refusal to declare his asset before the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the recovery of public property.
The two-count charge against Ekweremadu was filed last month but had not been served.
Justice Nyako, after listening to the counsel argument on the alleged evasion of service of the charge granted the federal government’s request and ordered that the charge be served on Ekweremadu through the Clerk of the National Assembly.
In the second ex-parte motion, argued before Justice John Tsoho, also of the Federal High Co
urt, Abuja, Ukpong had complained bitterly that Senator Bassey Akpan, also charged with failure to declare asset allegedly refused to be served.
The counsel prayed Justice Tsoho for an order to permitting the two count criminal charge to be served on Akpan, who represents Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
Ukpong also prayed the court for an order permitting the Federal government to temporarily take over two buildings traced to senator Akpan pending the investigation of allegations of false asset declaration against him.
However Justice Tsoho in his ruling on the exparte motion, permitted government to serve the criminal charge on Akpan via the clerk of the National Assembly.
Justice Tsoho however, refused to grant order for temporary forfeiture to government the two houses in Abuja traced to the Senator.
While Justice Nyako adjourned the matter of Ekwremadu to October 22, Justice Tsoho adjourned that of Senator Akpan to November 19, both for mention.

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