The judgement ordering the forfeiture of 40 landed property belonging to Sen Ike Ekweremadu is hasty, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said Saturday.
Recall that Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, granted the forfeiture of the property as applied by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Ekweremadu, a former deputy president of the Senate, is currently in detention in a UK custody over an alleged plan to harvest a minor’s organ.
Ohanaeze, in a release, described the order as ‘hasty’, and ‘gradual steps towards totalitarianism’.
Ohanaeze, in a release by its national publicity secretary, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, said Ekweremadu should ‘be given the opportunity to defend himself’.
The statement read, “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.
“We maintain that Sen Ike Ekweremadu should be given the opportunity to defend himself on his property, 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.”