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If we reduce our security agencies to debt collectors, we are doomed – Ekweremadu

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The Senate has criticised the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the Tuesday arrest of the Chairman/Managing Director of Innoson Motrs, Innocent Chukwuma.

The lawmakers on Wednesday accused the EFCC of highhandedness and using Military approach.

They, therefore, mandated the Senate Committee on Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption to investigate the matter and report back to the chamber on Thursday.

Though the Senate rejected an additional prayer by Monsurat Sunmonu, which was seconded by Oluremi Tinubu, that the Committee on Women Affairs investigates the alleged assault on Chwukuma’s wife by EFCC operatives, the lawmakers added the task to the terms of reference of the probe panel.

Theadvocate.ng reports that operatives of the EFCC had stormed Chukwuma’s home at Savage Crescent in the GRA area of Enugu State on Tuesday, during which some of the Senators alleged that his wife was assaulted before the businessman was forcefully arrested.

The EFCC operatives, who were accompanied by heavily armed policemen, stormed the building around 7.30am.

At the plenary on Wednesday, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, raised a point of order to criticise EFCC for the arrest, which, according to him, was a private issue between a bank and its customer.

“If we reduce our security agencies into agencies of debt recovery, then we are doomed as a nation,” Ekweremadu stated.

“Any person who is arrested and detained should be informed about the reason for their arrest. As I speak, Innoson Chukwuma has yet to be informed of what led to his arrest or detention, but if you go through the media today, the story is that he is owing GTB.

“As a lawyer, I’m at a loss (for words) on how a transaction between someone and his bank will concern the EFCC.”