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Ekweremadu’s Imprisonment: Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lambasts FG

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A former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu was on Friday sentenced to prison in the United Kingdom a move that the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze has frowned at. 

The Senator was jailed for nine years and eight months for an organ trafficking plot.

His wife, Beatrice, 56, was also jailed for four years and six months due to her “more limited involvement” in the plot, as the court described Ekweremadu as the “driving force throughout” the process.

The Eastern Updates reports that a medical doctor, Obinna Obeta, 56, also bagged 10 years after the judge found that he had ‘targeted the potential donor, who was young, poor and vulnerable’.

Meanwhile, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has berated the Federal Government for not helping the embattled senator.

Reacting to the UK court’s judgment, the spokesperson for Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, said the Federal Government did nothing to help Ekweremadu.

In an interview with newsmen on Friday evening, he stated, ‘They did not treat him like someone who has served meritoriously in this country. Rather, while he was facing the travails, the Federal Government came out with charges and allegations of corruption and seized his properties.’

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‘This is a man who has been around you, walked with you for years and when he needed your help, there were busy talking about auctioning his properties. All those things indicated that it was not only the UK court that was after him, but the FG was also after him.’

Describing the judgment as ‘shocking’ and ‘painful’, the spokesman said Igbo leaders would pay Ekweremadu a visit soon, adding that the former lawmaker would come out of the experience ‘stronger and better’.

He added, ‘Before now, although not as Ohanaeze, we have visited him in prison. We still intend to do so even as he begins his sentence. It is shocking and painful that an illustrious Igbo man of that calibre will be involved in this kind of sentencing. However, there is nothing we can do about it for now.

‘But I believe Ekweremadu will come out stronger and better. He has always been a strong and courageous man. Ohanaeze prays he comes out healthy to face the world again.

The Eastern Updates

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