Ekweremadu: Ohaneze Commends Judiciary For Standing By The Truth
By Chinedu Echianu in Abuja
The umbrella Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has commended the Federal High Court, Abuja, for vacating the interim order which sanctioned the forfeiture of 40 properties allegedly belonging to the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Professor Ike Ekweremadu, to the Federal Government.
The Trial Justice, Inyang Ekwo, in vacating the interim order, berated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the role it played in the continued detention of Ekweremadu in the United Kingdom, saying no Nigerian should be made to pass through such ordeal whether at home or abroad.
It will be recalled that Justice Ekwo had in November 2022, given the interim order based on the facts brought before it by the EFCC.
But in the current ruling, Justice Ekwo accused the EFCC of suppressing material facts before the court, and thus misdirecting the court.
A statement signed by Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide quoted Justice Ekwo as saying; “It is not hard to reason that the essence of the application for interim forfeiture by the respondent (EFCC) is to give credence to the letter of July 18, 2022 to the Crown Prosecution Service and to give them further reason for continued custody of Senator Ekweremadu in the United Kingdom”.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo commended the courage of Justice Ekwo in reversing himself based on clear facts adduced by Ekweremadu`s lawyers before the court.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo thereafter said it has been vindicated on its earlier position that there are several corruption cases in the EFCC but the haste, indiscretion, bias, media trial and callousness with which the agency of the Federal Government has chosen to backstab a Nigerian citizen is counterintuitive and an indelible adverse image on the country.