Ijaw Youths Condemn Re-Arrest Of Ex-NIMASA DG, Says Buhari Persecuting Political Enemies

Here’s the Press Statement from
Ijaw Youth Council (IYC)
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC)
Worldwide condemn in the strongest terms the manhandling of the former Director
General of NIMASA, Mr. Patrick Akpobulokemi by operatives of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) at the premises of the Federal High Court,
Ikoyi, Lagos. The conduct of the security operatives is reminiscent of the
military era and it is the height of impunity which must be condemned by all
lovers of democracy.
The IYC states that Mr.
Akpobulokemi having been granted bail on two occasions by courts of law, there
is no basis why the EFCC resorted to force in re-arresting him. The conduct of
the EFCC in physically beating up and throwing Akpobulokemi into their vehicle
clearly shows that the Buhari led federal government is not fighting corruption
but persecution of political enemies.

Nigerians would recall that during
the presidential campaigns, Mr. Akpobulokemi was accused of sponsoring hate
campaigns against General Buhari, hence the IYC is not surprised that the Mr.
Akpobulokemi is now being subjected to such cruel treatment.
While the IYC is not against the
fight against corruption but it must be done within the ambit of the law,
respect for human rights and all inclusive. What is presenting playing out is
selective and vindictive attack on political enemies and this must be rejected
and condemned by all. We wish to warn that harassment of political enemies
would not in any way aid the success of the Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade
but would only lead to its derailment.
We also call on the EFCC to have a
rethink on its ill-advised invitation of Chief Government Ekpemupolo and the
threat to declare him wanted. The IYC strongly feel that such politically
motivated actions of the anti-corruption agency would only succeed in heating up
the polity and cause unrest in the Niger Delta region.
Chief Ekpemupolo having approached
the court of law as a law abiding citizen, the EFCC should wait for the outcome
of the court proceedings. We wish to warn that where a government adopts
illegal means to achieve its motives, citizens may be forced to resort to
Singed for the Ijaw Youth Council
(IYC), Worldwide:
Eric Omare,

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