Sentencing of Senator Ike Ekweremadu: Prof. Ibe calls for immediate commencement of legal appeal proceedings
The Founder/Proprietor, Gregory University Uturu, Abia State, Prof. Gregory Ibe, has called for immediate commencement of legal appeal proceedings, in an effort to reverse the judgment/sentencing of Distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice and Dr Obinna Obeta by a court in the United Kingdom on allegation of organ harvesting.
In a release made available to newsmen in Umuahia through his Director, Communication & Strategy, Mr. Sleek Ogwo, ANIPR, Prof. Ibe recalled the efforts and appeals made to the Court and the UK Government by the well-meaning Nigerians including a former President of the country, President Olusegun Obasanjo, which at/for the moment yielded no positive fruit.
The release read, “I have read with reservations trending news of the unfortunate sentencing of Distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice and Dr Obinna Obeta by a court in the United Kingdom on allegation of organ harvesting.
“It will be recalled that during the trial process our university joined other well meaning Nigerians, including former President Obasanjo in appealing to the court and indeed the UK government for clemency on diplomatic and compassionate grounds.
“Now that it appears our several pleas didn’t secure the leniency of the UK judiciary, I am compelled by the impending negative impact of the sentence on our nation’s image and the unfortunate gloomy fate of countless youths who are beneficiaries of Senator Ekweremadu’s philanthropic benevolence to call for immediate commencement of legal appeal proceedings, in an effort to reverse the judgment.
“While acknowledging that the various intercessions from well meaning Nigerians do not confer any form of innocence on Senator Ekweremadu and his team, it is important to reassert the place of appeals to temper judgment with mercy in every temple of justice.
“Subsequently, I wish to enjoin all affected beneficiaries of Senator Ekweremadu’s academic benevolence, especially in Gregory University Uturu, to keep hope alive as I partner other public spirited individuals in commencing multi-dimensional intervention in order to deliver timely succor and relief”.