The deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, and Senator Bassey Akpan, who represents Akwa Ibom north-east senatorial district, have been charged to court by the federal government for allegedly refusing to declare their assets to the special presidential investigation panel for the recovery of public property.
The Punch reports that two separate sets of charges were instituted against the senators on Wednesday, October 10, before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
However, the court reportedly ordered that charges and other accompanying papers be served on the the lawmakers through substituted means by the clerk of the National Assembly.
The trial judge then fixed October 22 for the next hearing date in respect of Ekweremadu’s case, while that of Senator Akpan was fixed for November 19.
Meanwhile, Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday, October 10, swore in Senator Lawal Gumuau from Bauchi South senatorial district and Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita from Katsina North senatorial district.
The two senators were sworn in a day after the National Assembly was reopened after a long break.
Recall that Yahaya Gumua, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) won the Bauchi South senatorial election held on Saturday, August 11.
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