Former IPOB lawyer condemns attack on Ekweremadu

By AdvocateNews on 25/08/2019

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Former legal adviser to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, (IPOB), Barrister Obeta Vincent has expressed regrets over the recent attack on former Deputy Senate President, Professor Ike Ekweremadu by members of IPOB, in Germany.

Obeta, who spoke at Christ Redemption Church, inside Enugu Campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), stated that Ekweremadu played a vital role during the struggle for the release of the IPOB leader as such did not deserve the treatment he received from the group. 

Going down memory lane, the Enugu-based lawyer pointed out that when he got bail from the magistrate as well as high court for the release of Kanu, he noticed that it was going to be difficult for Kanu to be released and he became frustrated.

He stated that at that point, the only option left for him was to resort to Igbo leaders, adding that most of the individuals he approached for help did not listen to him, hence his decision to go to Ekweremadu.

Obeta recalled that when he went to the former DSP and explained the situation and the implication on Ndigbo, to him, Ekweremadu agreed to help.

"Once I got the two bails at the Magistrate and High Courts, it was so obvious that the Federal Government was not going to release Nnamdi Kanu or to obey the court judgment in that respect.

"I became very frustrated and I had to resort to Igbo leaders. All the while I was doing it alone. But unfortunately, most of the persons I reached out to did not listen to me until I contacted Ekweremadu and Orji Uzor Kanu. That was when Ekweremadu threw caution to the wind and graciously agreed to help.

“He quickly called a meeting of South East National Assembly Committee, which precipitated to the bail. I decided to say this in this church because, I do not want to be seen as the ostrich, and moreover, we have a cache of people here who, I felt, needed to know what really happened at the time.           

“I was always in touch with him and I know all that happened at the time. I have documents about the proceedings and a copy of Ekweremadu’s letter to the President, Muhammadu Buhari. I also have a copy of his second letter which brought a lot of envy and attack on him the former DSP, yet, rather than appreciate him, we turn around to attack him.

“I feel so guilty at what is happening to Ekweremadu, especially the Nuremberg, Germany attack, because I was the one that went to him and dragged him into the matter. So, I contributed to subjecting him to the unfortunate embarrassment.

“We know what Ekweremadu has been doing for Ndigbo; most of our leaders at Ohanaeze Ndigbo and South East Governors Forum, appreciate that he has done quite a lot for Ndigbo,” Barr Obetta said.

He called on all Igbo leaders, youth groups and movements to rally support for the former DSP and unite under one umbrella, stressing that, “even though Ekweremadu has said he has forgiven his attackers, but we need to continue to reassure him that he is not alone”.

Posted 25/08/2019 3:35:56 PM


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