A non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative (ARDI), is shocked by the ethnic dimension being given to the investigation into the activities of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In a statement in Enugu by its Executive Secretary, Chief Dennis Aghanya, ARDI said: “Our position is that he should answer to the issues raised by the EFCC over the alleged 60 assets traced to him rather than apply all sorts of delay tactics to slow down investigation. Where justice is delayed or denied over a public matter, it is the masses that suffer.
“He should also stop giving it the colouration of a persecution against the Ndigbo. Politicians should stop using religion and ethnicity to divide us in this country or paint security agencies black.”
The anti-corruption group also frowned at the involvement of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in the matter.
ARDI said: “A very worrisome dimension to an issue of this nature also is the role of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, which sees every prosecution of public officers of its extraction as being unjustly persecuted rather than caution such persons for bringing shame to the organisation.”
ARDI said it got worried when it read reports that Ekweremadu took ill last Tuesday during interrogation by operatives of the EFCC and was granted permission to get medical attention.