Alleged N80.2b fraud: Youths protest over alleged plot by EFCC to arrest Ex Gov. Bello

Some youths in Kogi State on Tuesday protested against plans by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, to arrest former Governor Yahaya Bello over alleged


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Alleged N80.2b fraud: Youths protest over alleged  plot by EFCC to arrest Ex Gov. Bello


Some youths in Kogi State on Tuesday protested against plans by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, to arrest former Governor Yahaya Bello over alleged N80.2 billion fraud.
 
Our Kogi State Correspondent, reports that the youths, who gathered in their numbers, barricaded the popular Lokoja-Abuja road which caused gridlock on the highway.
 
They protested under the auspices of the Coalition of Civil Society for Democracy, and Africa Youths Coalition for Justice, accusing the anti-graft agency of witch-hunting and victimizing the former Governor.
 
They were seen carrying banners with various inscriptions, “Nigeria is not a banana republic”, “President Tinubu, call EFCC to order”, “EFCC stop witch hunting”, “Yahaya Bello remains a responsible citizen”, “EFCC obey court order now” and many more.
 
The groups called for caution and adherence to the rule of law on Bello’s trial.
 
Addressing journalists in Lokoja, the Convener, Coalition of Civil Society for Democracy, Richard Otitoleke, said the groups are on ground in defence of the rule of law and democratic governance.
 
"We are here this morning to express our opinion on the fracas between EFCC and the former Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Bello.  It has been in the news for some days on the travail of the former Governor. We want to say very clearly that the operation of the EFCC is an establishment of an act of parliament and the law of Nigeria. 
 
"We are saying confidently again that it operations must be based on the established extant law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The rule of law is the hallmarks of Democratic society. We are saying  there is a court order, an interim restraining order of the court of competent jurisdiction that stated clearly that the former Governor of Kogi State should not be invited, arrested or prosecuted pending the determination of the issue before concerning his human rights. 
 
 
"It is not a big thing for EFCC to comply with it. Nigeria is not a banana republic. A disobedience to court order is worse than corruption itself, except if we want to drive this Country into anarchy. I am not sure Mr President is interested in lawlessness. Mr President is not interested in witch hunting" he stated.
 
He, however, called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency examine the activities of EFCC to ensure that their operations are professional in accordance to the extant law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
 
 
 "We are not saying former Governor Bello is above the law. We are saying that the law must take it course. We are not saying the Ex Governor should submit himself when their is a subsisting court order. EFCC must comply with the rule of law" he added.
 
 
Adding their voices,   Comrade Ajibade Olamilekan David and Comrade Oluwa Kayode who are members of the groups protesting both accused the EFCC of engaging in media trial on the former Governor of Kogi State.
 
 
Their words "It is uncalled for EFCC to come against what the Court has said. We are saying that we will not bow down to such illegality. We heard that they are busy saying the sitting Governor in Kogi State Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo whisked away his predicessor in Abuja. It is a lie.
 
" The Governor only paid a solidarity visit to the former Governor. We are saying the EFCC should obey the Court order. We call on the President to call the EFCC to order so that the right thing can be done.  
 
 
"We are saying no to victimization. We are saying no to threat. We are saying no to anyone that thinks he can suppress the voice of the people's mandate. We are out to say no to EFCC because in the face of law, you can't disobey Court to enforce the law. It has never happened and it will not happened. In any attempt for anybody to go against that, we will not take it likely. 
 
 
"EFCC is not above the law so they must respect the law of the land. Going against the law of the land is more satanic than corruption. That means, the nation is in jeopardy. The EFCC should stop the victimization of Alhaji Yahaya Bello. There is something they are not taking into cognisance. Yahaya Bello is a Youth. He is a Man that cut across the nation. He is a Man that has worked tirelessly for this State for eight years.
 
"The Man is supposed to be resting but they are now victimizing him, using EFCC. We are seeing the hands of Monkey in this matter. How can EFCC use the lawyer of an opposition party to be the lawyer that will try former Governor Bello in Court? It is uncalled for, unheard of and highly condemnable. We want EFCC to trade with caution. 
 
"We will be going round each States across the federation to protest if EFCC fails to obey Court order. This victimization must stop because an injury to one is an injury to all. So we are saying that, their satanic and evil victimization must stop. Yahaya Bello is not the person they will use to do their drama".

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Odimayo Olatunde Frederick
graduate of Mass Communication and Kogi State Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper
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