The pan-Igbo sociopolitical pressure organisation, the South East Revival Group (SERG) has demanded the immediate release of socialite and business tycoon, Obinna Iyiegbu, who is popularly known as Obi Cubana.
There were media reports on Monday that the Anambra State-born philanthropist was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegations bordering on alleged money laundering and tax evasion.
However, in a statement signed by its President and National Coordinator, Chief Willy Ezugwu, the SERG queried the rationale behind Obi Cubana’s, saying that sons and daughters of the South East have target by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The group, which demanded that the Buhari’s government should “leave Igbos alone”, wondering “why the Federal Government is protecting some individuals, including a police officer wanted for fraud in the United States and some Bullion Van tycoons in Nigeria who are working free but Igbos have continued to be subjected to all manner of harassments.
“In recent times, former Governor Peter Obi and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ayim Pius Ayim, have been targeted by anti-corruption agencies because of their possible emergence as presidential candidates in their party due to their credibility.
“So, such anti-Igbo phantom allegations, like the ones against Obi Cubana, are not new.
“We recall that Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil was arrested and detained by the federal government based on suspicion of committing financial fraud, even when it was the Federal government that was owing him.
“Despite the long years of neglect of the South East region, self-made Igbo sons and daughters are now being subjected to all manners of media trials while others who are reasonably suspected to have committed deafening financial crimes are working free on the streets because they are not Igbos.
“We strongly believe that Obi Cubana is targeted because of Anambra State governorship election on November 6. Due to his popularity, they want to take him out of the state and embarrass him.
“The SERG therefore demands immediate and unconditional release of Obi Cubana from the EFCC custody without any further delay”, the group demanded.The Street Reporters Newspaper is your BREAKING NEWS platform. Do you have Breaking news or Opinion article for us? | *Call: +234 817 504 7979 | Or Email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org | Follow Us on Twitter https://twitter.com/streetreporters | Join Our Fans on Facebook: https://facebook.com/streetreporters.ng | Follow us on Instagram https://intagram.com/streetreporters | Advertise With Us: +2348035823617 | Visit Our Website: www.StreetReporters.ng