Abuja â€” A group of protesters under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) yesterday staged a protest against what it called â€œselective justiceâ€ by the EFCC.
The placard carrying students, who stormed the EFCC headquarters in Abuja, also described the commissionâ€™s actions against former Gov. James Ibori as â€œpolitical witch huntâ€. Some of the placards read: â€œRespect court injuction:Leave Ibori to the lawâ€™â€™, â€œEFCC must obey rule of lawâ€ and â€œNANS says no to political witch hunting?.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Mr Yinka Gbadebo, Director of Action and Mobilisation of NANS, said it was wrong for EFCC to declare Ibori wanted days before the April 17 summon served him.
Meanwhile, former governor Ibori for the first time since the recent EFCC man hunt for him held a strategy planning meeting on way forward with Urhobo royal fathers at his Oghara country home. At the meeting were the Ovie of Oghara, HRM Oreki Ovie of Mosogar, community leaders and others.
Details are still stetchey but Ibori took time to explain his position and belief on the rule of law. The meeting called on the youths to avoid violence and confrontation with security agents.
The town was calm yesterday and youths kept vigil in his house.
Gbadebo also condemned the commissionâ€™s action stating that a Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta, restrained it from arresting the former governor pending the determination of an earlier suit filed by Ibori.
â€œWe want to sincerely advise the EFCC to carry out its holistic duties without prejudice or sentiment.
â€œAll actions of the EFCC must be in conformity with the rule of law.
â€œIbori should be re-arrested if a prima-facie case is established against him by a competent court of jurisdiction,â€ he said.
Addressing the protesters, EFCC Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Akomaye, said the commission was neither selective nor vindictive but dispassionate in discharging its duties.
He said that corruption posed a serious threat to the nationâ€™s economy and image, adding that EFCC was working hard toward stemming the tide.
According to Akomaye, the commission does not go after people without having the necessary facts and jurisdiction to do so.
â€œThe fight against corruption is our collective responsibility. Your message today will ginger us to do more work,â€ he said.