Ijaw Youths Condemn Re-Arrest Of Ex-NIMASA DG, Says Buhari Persecuting Political Enemies

    Here’s the Press Statement from
    Ijaw Youth Council (IYC)
    The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC)
    Worldwide condemn in the strongest terms the manhandling of the former Director
    General of NIMASA, Mr. Patrick Akpobulokemi by operatives of the Economic and
    Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) at the premises of the Federal High Court,
    Ikoyi, Lagos. The conduct of the security operatives is reminiscent of the
    military era and it is the height of impunity which must be condemned by all
    lovers of democracy.
    The IYC states that Mr.
    Akpobulokemi having been granted bail on two occasions by courts of law, there
    is no basis why the EFCC resorted to force in re-arresting him. The conduct of
    the EFCC in physically beating up and throwing Akpobulokemi into their vehicle
    clearly shows that the Buhari led federal government is not fighting corruption
    but persecution of political enemies.

    Nigerians would recall that during
    the presidential campaigns, Mr. Akpobulokemi was accused of sponsoring hate
    campaigns against General Buhari, hence the IYC is not surprised that the Mr.
    Akpobulokemi is now being subjected to such cruel treatment.
    While the IYC is not against the
    fight against corruption but it must be done within the ambit of the law,
    respect for human rights and all inclusive. What is presenting playing out is
    selective and vindictive attack on political enemies and this must be rejected
    and condemned by all. We wish to warn that harassment of political enemies
    would not in any way aid the success of the Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade
    but would only lead to its derailment.
    We also call on the EFCC to have a
    rethink on its ill-advised invitation of Chief Government Ekpemupolo and the
    threat to declare him wanted. The IYC strongly feel that such politically
    motivated actions of the anti-corruption agency would only succeed in heating up
    the polity and cause unrest in the Niger Delta region.
    Chief Ekpemupolo having approached
    the court of law as a law abiding citizen, the EFCC should wait for the outcome
    of the court proceedings. We wish to warn that where a government adopts
    illegal means to achieve its motives, citizens may be forced to resort to
    Singed for the Ijaw Youth Council
    (IYC), Worldwide:
    Eric Omare,

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