By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA— Coalition of Niger Delta Youth Leaders, CNDYL, has raised alarm over what it described as the continuous and unwarranted harassment of Mr. George Turnah, former Special Assistant on Youths Matters to the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The youth leaders expressed concern over the role of the South-South Zone of the commission in Turnah’s travails.
The zonal office of the commission, according to the youth leaders, is fast becoming a vindictive office willing to do the bidding of some persons intimidated by the rising political profile of Mr. Turnah under the guise of fighting corruption.
Turnah, who is being prosecuted over alleged fraud, was recently granted bail by a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
But the Coalition, in a statement by its President, Okhare Godgift, said Turnah’s persecutors, who thought that his ordeal would silence him, were surprised at the widespread solidarity and empathy he has continuously garnered.
The youth leaders alleged that they have uncovered grand plans to re-arrest Turnah so as to carry out “the extreme measures of poisoning him in detention for eventual death.”
“As a result, words have filtered to us from credible sources that in order to satisfy their over lords and paymasters, following the grant and perfection of bail, another plot they are hatching, which is dead on arrival, is the intimidation, brow beating, suffocation and (illegal) arrest of Turnah’s intimate family members and legal associates so as to deny him their warmth and services.
The coalition, therefore, condemned the alleged plans to re-arrest Turnah.
“We further condemn the planned ambush for the re-arrest of Turnah on June 30, as he appears before the court for the continuation of his trial.”
Accordingly, the youth leaders called on the good people of Nigeria, democrats and fellow rights’ activists to rise and demand that never again should any Nigerian be persecuted based on his rising political profile, beliefs and associations, under the guise of fighting corruption.
The youth leaders said the planned re-arrest of George Turnah was needless as much as it is reckless, insisting, that such action negates sections 7 and 8 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.