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Ibori: students protest at EFCC

Corruption: National Association of Nigerian Student demonstrating in Abuja over Selective Justice by EFCC in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

Abuja — A group of protesters under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) yesterday staged a protest against what it called “selective justice” by the EFCC.

The placard carrying students, who stormed the EFCC headquarters in Abuja, also described the commission’s actions against former Gov. James Ibori as “political witch hunt”. Some of the placards read: “Respect court injuction:Leave Ibori to the law’’, “EFCC must obey rule of law” and “NANS 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 commission’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.

“We want to sincerely advise the EFCC to carry out its holistic duties without prejudice or sentiment.
“All actions of the EFCC must be in conformity with the rule of law.

“Ibori should be re-arrested if a prima-facie case is established against him by a competent court of jurisdiction,” 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 nation’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.

“The fight against corruption is our collective responsibility. Your message today will ginger us to do more work,” he said.


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