A faction of the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Sunday called for the arrest of the President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, and other principal officers, past and present for operating a group it described as “an entity unknown to law”.
The splinter group, known as Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly, made these demands in a petition by its counsel, Mr. Amobi Nzelu, copied to the Police, Department of State Services, DSS, and the governors of Abia, Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Rivers statesa.
The group also called on security authorities to stop Ohanaeze Ndigbo being led by Chief Nnia Nwodo “from conducting any election whatsoever into the offices of the illegal association in any of the states of the federation since the association is an illegal body.
The group also called for the investigation of the accounts and activities of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and all monies collected from individuals, governors and highly-exposed political personalities.
It also asked for the arrest, interrogation and prosecution of the principal officers of the said Ohanaeze Ndigbo present and past, for running an illegal association.
The petition read in part: “For proper appreciation of the issues to be canvassed in this letter, it will be appropriate to state briefly the facts of this case to enable you, the IGP and others, to be in a comfortable, if not in a confident position, to decisively act on this matter.
“Our client is registered under Part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act and issued with Certificate of Incorporation No. 144918 on February 28, 2020 by the CAC.
“By virtue of the incorporation of our client, it is now saddled with the responsibility of piloting the affairs of Igbo as contained in the Articles and Memorandum of Association filed at the CAC on their behalf.
“For more than two decades, the people of Igbo extraction branded themselves as ‘Ohanaeze Ndigbo’ and this group or association, at various times, have been led by prominent people in some of the states that constitute Igbo-speaking areas.”
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News