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Ohaneze Describes As Hasty, High Court's Asset Forfeiture Move Against Ekweremadu

Ohaneze Describes As Hasty, High Court's Asset Forfeiture Move Against Ekweremadu

By Chinedu Echianu in Abuja    

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has condemned what it described as the hasty order by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja to the effect that Senator Ike Ekweremadu should forfeit 40 landed properties allegedly belonging to him.

A statement signed by Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, said the Igbo socio-cultural group 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.

The group maintained that Sen. Ike Ekweremadu should be given the opportunity to defend himself on his properties; and if found wanting should surely face the consequences, adding that it is aware that there are several allegations of corruption cases pending in the EFCC, but that the urgency and selective judgement in the case of Ekweremadu is not only curious but "indeed true to type."

Ohanaeze Ndigbo also called on all the Nigerian legal luminaries of goodwill to intervene against what it described as the gradual steps towards totalitarianism.