The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has faulted the hasty judgement passed by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court to the effect that Senator Ike Ekweremadu should forfeit his 40 landed properties.
Ohanaeze in a statement issued on Saturday, through its National Publicity Secretary, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, said it stands on moral probity to state that a hasty exparte motion filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a man who is undergoing some travails in the United Kingdom falls short of ethical standards and natural justice.
The Igbo apex body maintained that 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 judgment in the case of Ekweremadu are 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 in Nigeria.”