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Rights group queries EFCC’s arrest of EEDC staff

By Dennis Agbo

ENUGU-HUMAN Rights group, Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, CRRAN, has threatened to commence legal proceedings against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for wrongful arrest and detention of a staff of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, Mrs Ifeoma Igbogbahaka.

Igbogbahaka, an Engineer with the EEDC was arrest in a bank in Enugu where she went to withdraw money, on the allegation that her telephone number was being used by one William Uchemba who is still at large, to perpetuate USA visa fraud.

Whereas no incriminating evidence has been pressed on Mrs. Igbogbahaka, she has become a regular visitor in EFCC with her account frozen and her employer threatening her with possible sack.

President of CRRAN, Mr Olu Omotayo in a statement, yesterday, said said he has given the EFCC seven days to free and restore Mrs Igbogbahaka’s account or face litigation.

Omotayo contended that the MTN was supposed to protect Mrs Igbogbahaka’s telephone line from interference, noting also that the EFCC was supposed to had diligent concluded investigation on the alleged crime before making arrest of their female victim.

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Omotayo said “MTN Nigeria response to us that Mrs. Igbogbahaka is the rightful owner of the phone line does not in any way tackle the issue raised via intelligence report that the same line is being used by the said notorious fraudster.

“We submit without equivocation that the intelligence report that the same phone line in question was being used by the said fraudster cannot be lightly waived away by MTN Nigeria as the company owes this subscriber a duty to protect her line from the interference.

“We believe that there is an infraction on the rights of Mrs. Igbogbahaka and somebody must be held responsible.”

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