Demand release of Pius Anyim, others
The youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has asked the Federal Government to stop using the Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC to intimidate, harass and embarrass prominent Igbo sons and daughters.
The youths stated this in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki by its president, Igboayaka Igboayaka, on Tuesday.
Igboayaka, who frowned on the detention of a former Secretary to the Government of Federation, Senator Anyim, urged the Federal Government to desist from what they called perceived intimidation, victimisation and witch-hunt of the selected region through the anti-corruption body.
Igboayaka then called for the immediate release of Anyim who has been in EFCC custody since Sunday, October 24 over alleged fraud.
According to him, the alleged continuous victimisation of Igbo leaders would no longer be acceptable by the Ohanaeze youth.
The statement reads: “EFCC has been characterised with political conspiracy to witch-hunt the perceived opposition members of other political parties or those that are not in the corridors of power with APC led Federal Government.
“Selective fight against corruption is the worst corruption ravaging the political cum economic growth of Nigeria.
“Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ought to be an independent institution but the principle of its establishment has been messed with by APC government. Although PDP did obviously the same thing when they were in power, but APC’s own is carried out with impunity.
“The APC led government of President Muhammadu Buhari should as a matter of urgency desist from intimidating the perceived opposition members, and use EFCC for the purpose for which it was established.
“It’s unfortunate that this was the same treatment that was meted out to Senator Orji Uzo Kalu and, therefore, Ohanaeze Youth Council is urging EFCC to immediately stop intimidating, harassing and embracing Senator Anyim Pius Anyim and other prominent sons of the Igbo extraction.
“EFCC should have a mind of its own and not derail from its original plan and purpose of establishment.”
Credit: Nigerian Tribune