We are shocked to learn that Justice Coram I. N Oweibo of Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, but on assignment in Awka Division absconded from delivering judgement in the matter under reference. Justice Oweibo, according to the Court Registrar was directed by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, to suspend judgement on the matter until after the Anambra State Governorship Election.
Mrs. Chidimma Orji, a wife and mother was arrested about 14 years ago and arraigned in 2009 on charges of Treason and Treasonable Felony, alongside 18 other Igbo young men and women. Mrs. Chidimma who was pregnant at the time of her arrest, delivered a baby girl, who, innocent of all charges and circumstances surrounding her mother’s incarceration, has grown into adolescence, in deprivation of the most basic right of any citizen.
Relatives and friends of Chidimma and her co-defendants have been waiting with bated breath in the last fourteen years for some kind of closure or justice, only for Justice Tsoho to abort or postpone this long overdue day of judgement on the curious reason of waiting for Anambra Governorship Election.
As the paramount representatives of all Igbo youths worldwide, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide-Youth Wing wishes to call the attention of all major stakeholders, especially, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the leadership of the National Assembly and indeed all Nigerians of good conscience to this apparent injustice and call for their quick intervention to ensure that judgement is delivered on this matter without further delay.
The plight of Chidimma, her innocent child and the other 18 Igbo youths, who have been deprived of their basic human rights and their aspirations upended in the last fourteen years, mirrors the culture of injustice and persecution being suffered by Igbo youths in Nigeria over the years.
Mazi Chika Art Adiele
National Publicity Secretary
20th October, 2021.