Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo yesterday demanded the immediate release of Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah, the Managing Director of Capital Oil.
Ubah, who was picked up some days ago by the Department of State Services, DSS, has remained in detention.
In a press statement issued by the Secretary General of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike he described the oil mogul’s arrest as a continuation of endless persecution of Ndigbo by the present administration.
While calling on the DSS to immediately free Ubah, he decried a situation where security operatives would arrest and detain a Nigerian before commencing investigation.
“We yet again condemn this endless clamp down on Igbo sons and daughters by federal government agencies.
“It has now become a tradition that no week passes by without either the EFCC or the DSS coming after an Igbo son or daughter.
“It is a sad commentary considering that these persons are always detained for a prolonged period than permitted by law. We condemn a situation where people are detained before investigations are carried out on the issues leading to their arrest.
“To this end, we demand the immediate release of Chief Ifeanyi Ubah. If the DSS is sure he has committed any offence he should be charged to a court of competent jurisdiction.
“We say enough to the persecution of Ndigbo in this country. This idea of silencing every opposing voice will not augur well for our democracy”, the youths said.
The OYC also in the statement saluted the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu on his 55th birthday, describing him as a good ambassador of Ndigbo.
According to them “he has demonstrated a capacity as a political leader who has refused to sacrifice the interest of Ndigbo on the altar of personal gains.
“Chief Ekweremadu has remained one of the few voices that have refused to be silenced but had continued to champion the interest of Ndigbo.
“We salute him and assure him of our continuous support to him; the entire Igbo youths are solidly behind him because he has proved to be a man we can trust.”