The family of embattled Director of Law reporting, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Chinyere Christie Ekweonu, has asked for her immediate release from detention. On May 11, 2016, about the hours of 10.15 am, Ekweonu was arrested by the EFCC at her office at the Ministry of Justice, Abuja for standing as a surety for one Mr Duru. Writing on behalf of the family, Joan Mbachu nee Duru, said Ekweonu was arrested for standing as a surety for one Nze Chidi Duru in a case of alleged fraud handled by his company, First Guarantee Pension Ltd,(FGPL).
“ It is with great difficulty and restraint that I issue this press statement on behalf of the family of late Chief Christopher M. C. Duru and the husband of Mrs Chinyere Christie Ekweonu, Mr Mike Ekweonu…,” he wrote. According to him, Ekwenou has since been detained and in the custody of the EFCC, without lawful cause in disregard of relevant laws of Nigeria. Citing Section 7 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act which states that: ‘a person shall not be arrested in place of a suspect’, wants President Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to look into the case for the effective release of their sibling from detention.
Explaining further, Joan Mbachu said on October 3rd, 2011, a public holiday, at the hours of 8:45am and at the prompting of Kashim Ibrahim Imam and Chinelo AnohuAmaizu, DG National Pension Commission, the EFCC without any invitation nor call to Nze Chidi Duru, invaded Duru’s residence at Maitama, Abuja, arrested him and detained him overnight. “He was presented with a petition signed by Kashim Imam arising from the “Draft First Guarantee Pension Examination Report’ and ‘First Guarantee Pension Target Report’ authored by the National Pension Commission”. On October 4th, 2011, Mrs Chinyere Christie Ekweonu and Mr. C. Nwanze, stood as surety for Nze Chidi Duru.