A socio-political, socio-cultural group of South East extraction, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide urged the Federal High Court to allow the embattled Senator Ike Ekweremadu to defend his ownership of 40 landed properties ordered for interim forfeiture.
The group made the call in a statement issued by Mr Alex Ogbonnia, the Ohanaeze national publicity secretary.
On Friday, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered an interim forfeiture of 40 landed properties linked to the former Deputy Senate President.
The landed properties are in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
The court’s order followed an ex-parte motion filed and moved by counsel to the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Buba.
Ogbonnia stated that Ekweremadu, currently standing trial in the United Kingdom over an alleged organ trafficking, should be given an opportunity to defend himself and be made to face the wrath of the law if found culpable.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo stands on a moral probity to state that a hasty ex-parte motion, filed by the EFCC on a man who is undergoing some travails in the UK, falls short of ethical standards and natural justice.
“We maintain that Senator 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 curious.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls on all Nigerian legal luminaries of goodwill to intervene,’’ Ogbonnia stated. (NAN)
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