By Stanley Kprake
Hard times may have hit one of Nigeria’s Fourth Republic senators, Joseph Waku and his wife, Christina. The Benue state-born former senator and his wife, African Mirror can authoritatively reveal, were recently dragged to court in the United States over tons of unpaid debts. According to an inside source, the couple had been owing some people, including the landlords of their rented townhouse located at 1690 Buckingham Drive in Des Plaines, Illinois for some time now. It was reliably gathered that the landlords decided to sue the couple, after several attempts to recover their money had proved abortive. In the court papers, filed at the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois, which was obtained by African Mirror, the plaintiff, Sima Britva had sought the intervention of the court to help them repossess the said townhouse, partly being used by the couple as the office for their U.S-based auto company, Bertco Motors, Inc. The court had summoned the senator and his wife to appear before it at 9.00am on September 22, 2017. African Mirror learned that the couple failed to file an appearance, thus prompting the court to enter a judgement by default on October 6, 2017, for the relief requested by the plaintiff, ordering the senator and his wife to be evicted from the house.
Prior to this time, the couple, we also gathered, had been forced to sell off their house located at 1323 Porter Road in Park Ridge, Illinois to ease their financial pressures. . The house, which they reportedly bought for about 400, 000 dollars, was said to have been hurriedly disposed at a give-away price to avoid foreclosure. Informed source close to the couple revealed that the senator lamented that his fortunes had begun to dwindle, shortly after President Buhari took over power in the country. The source added that even the couple’s U.S-based auto company, Bertco Motors, Inc. had since wound up because it could no longer meet up with its obligations. One of the staff of the company, a Jordanian named Rami, was said to have also threatened to sue the couple for non-payment of his salaries for months.