The apex socio-cultural Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has cautioned against any harm to the Deputy Senate President Chief Ike Ekweremadu, adding that he should be taken to court not put under house arrest if he has breached any law.
The organisation added that it would do the nation’s democracy no good if people’s liberties are continuously being curtailed by an intolerant system.
The President General of Chief John Nnia Nwodo, in a statement, said that the álarm has become necessary following some disturbing reports that operatives of the state besieged his house this morning for yet undisclosed motives.
President General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, added that while it would not begrudge the state for doing its statutory duty, it must be within the confines of rule of law more so that the nation is in a democracy.
“In a democratic setting as ours, we expect security agencies to be civil and work within the rule of the law without breaching the civil liberty of any individual.”
Nwodo said that Senator Ekweremadu being the highest Igbo in this government is much cherished by his people and is expected that he should be accorded all the respect deserving of his position.
He recalled that another Igbo son Senator Enyinna Abaribe was incarcerated for three days without any tangible reason disclosed to Nigerians till date.
Ohaneze added that it will not take kindly to any action that is intended to harass, intimidate or arrest Igbo leaders without following the due process of the law.
“We will not want to be sentimental into believing that there are grand design to silent and humiliate Igbo leaders at the national level who are legitimately representing their people very well but whose stance on issues is not agreeable with the ruling authorities.”
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