THE apex Igbo Socio-Cultural Organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo has accused the federal government of masterminding the ordeal of the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in United Kingdom.
Reacting to the ruling of a Federal High Court, Abuja, ordering interim forfeiture of 40 properties allegedly linked to Ekweremadu, the National President of Ohaneze Youth Council (OYC), Okwu Nnabuike said it is wrong to attack a man whose hands are tied to his back and unable to defend himself.
Describing the action as discriminating, OYC lamented that it is a pattern of persecution and humiliation of people from one part of the country by Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). “Let there be immediate appointment of a new chairman of the agency from the South” the group insisted.
The group stated that the ex parte interim assets forfeiture order by the Federal High Court, Abuja, is with bad faith.
“Whoever filed the suit at a time Ekweremadu is incarcerated and unable to defend himself has no conscience or regards for cardinal pillars of law and justice”.
The group said they had earlier suspected that Ekweremadu ordeal is as a result of the commitment of some mighty placed Nigerians.
“We wondered when it became a crime under Nigerian law to own properties or be involved in business ventures especially since EFCC could not pin any crime on Ekweremadu for over six years they have been on his matter.
“With an order of court directing the EFCC to publish the said properties in national dailies for any interested person to show cause why they should not be permanently forfeited to government how is Ekweremadu, who is now in custody in UK going to have access to documents or properly brief his lawyers to authenticate the ownership”.