Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, on Saturday accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of working against embattled
former Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
This came after the Federal High Court ruling in Abuja on Friday vacated an interim forfeiture order on 40 landed properties linked to Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.
The court, which had issued the order on 4 November 2022, ruled on Friday that the application for forfeiture filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was not brought in good faith and ought to be struck out.
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The organisation said with the verdict, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission should hide its face in shame for the hatchet job done against the former Senate President.
While describing the assets forfeiture order as a hatchet job done by the EFCC, the Ohanaeze youths stated Ekweremadu’s only offence was the fact that he is an Igbo man.
The National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, also stated that the latest order of the court was a vindication of its earlier stand that the EFCC was allegedly carrying out a vendetta on Ekweremadu merely because he is an Igbo man.
“How else can one explain a situation where the same EFCC that wrote the United Kingdom Court against the release of Ekweremadu, sneaked into a Federal High Court in Nigeria and asked the lawmaker to show why his properties should not be forfeited?
“It was the height of wickedness and rascality by an agency of government. This is why we commend the Judge for toeing the path of justice. The judgement has put to rest the hatchet job done by the EFCC against Ekweremadu whose only sin is the fact that he is an Igbo man.
“The EFCC should right now be hiding its face in shame for even initiating such a process that was not only illegal but against natural justice.
“We expect that for the EFCC to purge itself of that dance of shame, it should withdraw the letter to the UK court.”
Ekweremadu, who is currently in detention in London, and his wife, are facing a charge of alleged organ harvesting against David Ukpo, said to be an underage.
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