The Federal Government today charged two lawmakers at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly to court over refusal to declare assets.
Lawmakers involved in the suit are Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District in the national assembly, Bassey Akpan.
It was gathered that the FG had alleged offences bordering on their refusal and negligence to declare their assets to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property.
Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja revealed that two separate sets of charges were instituted against the senators also ordered that the charges and other accompanying papers be served on the defendants through the Clerk of the National Assembly.
The judge, however, fixed October 22 for the next hearing date in respect of Ekweremadu’s case and November 19 for Akpan’s after granting the orders for service through substituted means.
Recall that the Okoi Obono-Obla-led panel had, on behalf of the Federal Government, filed a criminal suit marked FHC/ABJ/CR/62/2018 against Ekweremadu on May 11, 2018, while it instituted the one marked FHC/ABJ/CR/88/2018 against Akpan on June 13, 2018.