Youth Protest in Kogi State Against EFCC’s Alleged Plan to Arrest Former Governor Yahaya Bello

In Kogi State, a group of young demonstrators took to the streets on Tuesday to voice their opposition to the purported intention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to apprehend former Governor Yahaya Bello on charges of an alleged N80.2 billion fraud.

Gathering under the banners of the Coalition of Civil Society for Democracy and Africa Youths Coalition for Justice, the youths staged a protest along the busy Lokoja-Abuja road. Their primary grievance centered on what they perceive as EFCC’s biased targeting and persecution of the ex-Governor.

Displaying banners emblazoned with slogans such as “Nigeria is not a banana republic” and “EFCC, stop witch hunting,” the demonstrators called for fairness and adherence to legal protocols in Bello’s case.

Addressing the media in Lokoja, Richard Otitoleke, the Convener of the Coalition of Civil Society for Democracy, emphasized the importance of upholding the rule of law and democratic principles. He urged EFCC to respect the interim restraining order issued by a competent court, which prohibits the arrest or prosecution of Yahaya Bello pending further legal proceedings.

Otitoleke underscored the significance of EFCC’s compliance with judicial directives, stating that disobedience to court orders undermines the fabric of democracy and can lead to lawlessness. He called upon President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to oversee EFCC’s operations and ensure they align with the nation’s legal framework.

Echoing Otitoleke’s sentiments, members of the protesting groups, Comrade Ajibade Olamilekan David and Comrade Oluwa Kayode, accused EFCC of conducting a media trial against the former Governor. They emphasized the need for EFCC to abide by the rule of law and cease what they perceived as unjust victimization.

The demonstrators vowed to continue their protests across various states if EFCC disregards the court order, asserting that such actions constitute a threat to the nation’s legal integrity. They called for an end to what they described as “satanic and evil victimization” of Yahaya Bello and urged EFCC to exercise caution in their pursuit of justice.

In summary, the protest highlighted concerns regarding EFCC’s handling of the case against Yahaya Bello, emphasizing the importance of legal adherence and fairness in law enforcement proceedings.

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