The Special Presidential Investigation Panel, for Recovery of Public Property has given the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, a former Speaker of the House of Reps, Dimeji Bankole, and former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloysius Katsina-Alu, 21 days to vacate their residences. The Chief Okoi Obono-Obla-led panel issued the quit notice on Thursday to the three politicians, as well as former Deputy Speaker and current Senator Usman Bayero Nafada.
A former Senate President, David Mark, received similar quit notice from the Panel back in September to which he had since filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja to quash all the steps taken to evict him and recover the house from him by the panel. The panel said the five of them illegally acquired their then-official residences as their private properties.
According to DailyTrust, the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan had in November 2010 reportedly gave leave to the Senate President, the Deputy Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, to “purchase” their official quarters.