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Group wants EFCC to halt Bafarawa’s prosecution

By Chinyere Amalu

ABUJA — The National Association of Nigerian Youth Leaders, NANYL, has called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC) to halt the prosecution of the former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, saying his arrest was politically motivated.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on the arrest of Bafarawa, leader of NANYL, Mallam Mohammed Tahir and Mr Ikechukwu Obinna, said if the nation’s democracy must be safeguarded, the anti-graft body must halt the former governor’s prosecution.

The group said it is irked by what it called  “deliberate attempt by government to root out opposition in the country”, as events which trailed Bafarawa’s arrest and prosecution was designed to achieve political gains.
NANYL, however, frowned at what it said was the usage of the EFCC to get at political opponents, stressing that if this continued the nation would be heading back to the days of draconian rule.

“It is unfortunate that the Governor Aliyu Wammako administration since inception never deemed it right to prosecute Bafarawa until he, Buhari, Atiku and other well-meaning Nigerians started talk on the mega-party project.

“We view his arrest and subsequent prosecution as one deliberately hatched to cut short any threat to the opposition especially as it concerns the 2011 general polls.”


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