The pan-Igbo sociopolitical pressure organisation, the South East Revival Group (SERG) has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to immediately release billionaire businessman, Obinna Iyiegbu, also known as Obi Cubana.
Obi Cubana had on Monday honoured and invitation by the anti-graft agency at its Abuja Headquarters.
It was gathered that the EFCC questioned the socialite on tax evasion, money laundering among others.
Reacting in a statement signed by its President and National Coordinator, Willy Ezugwu, the SERG queried the rationale behind Obi Cubana’s arrest.
The group stated that sons and daughters of the South East have become targets by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The group, which demanded that the Buhari’s government should “leave Igbos alone”, wondered why the Federal Government is protecting some individuals, including a “police officer wanted for corruption in the United States.”
“In recent times, former Governor Peter Obi and former Secretary to the Federal Government, Ayim Pius Ayim, have been targeted by anti-corruption agencies all of a sudden because of their possible emergence as presidential candidates in their party to challenge the status quo.
“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 statement read.