Innoson arrest: Group urges Igbos to close GTB accounts
By TUNDE BADMUS
The Pan-Igbo organisation, the South East Revival Group (SERG) has urged all South Easterners yet to close their personal and corporate accounts with the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) to do so immediately as a mark of solidarity and to protest what it described as “systemic conspiracy against the Igbos in Nigeria”.
The SERG in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Chief Willy Ezugwu and made available to DAYLIGHT.NG, also issued a 14-day ultimatum to the bank within which all debts it owed the Innoson Motors boss, Dr Innocent Chukwuma and all his companies must be paid.
According to the group, “at the expiration of our ultimatum, we will lead a mass campaign against the GTB until all its branches in the South East are shut down.
“The after thought denial of its involvement in the gestapo style arrest of Dr Innocent Chukwuma like a common criminal by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is unacceptable and will never be explained away in any manner.
“The best way to tell Nigerians that the bank is not part of the systemic conspiracy against the Igbos in Nigeria is for the management of Guaranty Trust Bank to order the payment of every kobo it owes the Innoson Group within 14 days.
“For avoidance doubt, Dr Innocent is the third philanthropist and entrepreneur of Igbo extraction to be so humiliated in quick succession under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
First, it was the Ibeto Group, later Capital Oil group and now the Innoson group. This is not a coincidence and if any one thinks it is, then it is one coincidence too many under the present administration.
“On the part of the President Buhari government, the only way it can tell the Igbos it is sorry is to immediately sack the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
“We therefore call on all well meaning Nigerians to condemn in strong terms the continued clamp down on Igbo businessmen without cause under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration”, the group insisted.