By Tony Adibe
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has condemned the hasty order by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court to the effect that, a former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu should forfeit 40 landed properties allegedly belonging to him.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo stands on a moral probity to state that a hasty exparte motion filed by the EFCC on a man who is undergoing some travails in the United Kingdom falls short of ethical standards and natural justice.
In a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, the highest Igbo socio-cultural group said: “We maintain that Sen. Ike Ekweremadu should be given the opportunity to defend himself on his properties; and if found wanting should surely face the consequences.
“We are aware that there are several allegations of corruption cases pending in the EFCC, but the urgency and selective judgement in the case of Ekweremadu is not only curious but indeed true to type.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls on all the Nigerian legal luminaries of goodwill to intervene against gradual steps towards totalitarianism.”