The Central Criminal Court, London, popularly known as Old Bailey, has denied bail to former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
In the pre-trial hearing Tuesday, the court gave its verdict denying the bail on the grounds that he was a flight risk.
The court cited the letter and assets forfeiture proceedings against the senator by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In the bail application, Ekweremadu’s lawyer had argued that the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and the Attorney-General of the Federal had written to t court that Ekweremadu was not a flight risk.
The lawyer also argued that the lawmaker had proven to be a caring and responsible father and could not escape from London, abandoning his wife and sick daughter.
The defense further told the court that they had sureties and securities of nearly half a million pounds sterling from 11 people to secure Ekweremadu’s release on bail.
Stating that Ekweremadu was a highly regarded, well-known public figure, his defense also referred to Ekweremadu’s involvement in some global humanitarian courses.