An SOS to the Governor of Imo State.
Credible intelligence had revealed that there are cartel at the Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, specialized in turning Owerri, the Eastern Heartland into gold mine; as a group of EFCC officials operating from Enugu with their Owerri Fire Service Police Station collaborators /undercovers randomly and indiscriminately took to arresting of Imo Youths, Students and Visitors alike in disguise of clamping down on Internet Fraudsters otherwise known as Yahoo Yahoo Boys.
Sad stories from Imo State University, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Federal University of Technology Owerri and now Federal Polytechnics Nekede, the woes continues. There is no weak that passes without the EFCC gang, bursting one hostel in the night or the other by jumping through the fence or breaking the wall at dead of the night.
The sorry situation is that, after massive arrest of these young Nigerians resident in Owerri, the officials said to be EFCC will take them to Owerri fire Service police station were those with money will part with huge sums of money to regain freedom, while some will be moved to Enugu where they are made to pay between N1 million to N3 million naira each to regain freedom. Outside the fact that they pay these huge sum, their valuables especially their cars, and phones are dispossessed of them by their traducers ; the EFCC.
At no time will they be charged to court or prosecuted for internet fraud as alleged by the EFCC, rather immediately they part with money in millions and agree to let go their cars, there sins are forgiven.
In the past few weeks, at Ukwu-uratta more than 20 students who were arrested had all regained freedom, at Prof’s Avenue, more than 30 arrested had all regained freedom, same is applicable to those arrested at Aladinma, Orji, and others picked randomly along Owerri roads.
The ugly story continues, just yesterday, Thursday 24th October, 2019, EFCC officials with white hummer bus stormed federal Poly Nekede and FUTO, arrested upto 60 students, while many have been taken to Enugu Office, majority who had money sorted themselves out at Fire Services Police Station to regain freedom.
A source informed Ifeanyi:
“This ones are the boys from euros plant , Nekede, close to Klinfitt Lodge where they carried other students too.
They came to Nekede as early as 5:30am in the morning to raid Klinfitt lodge and Euros plant
While by 4am they were at Naze, by Diamond lodge and the lodge close to it and carried students too”
Inasmuch as I don’t support internet scam or encourage corruption in all forms, I frown at the methodology of the EFCC operatives, it’s quite unethical, embarrassing, unprofessional and condemnable. I therefore, call on the National Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Magu to call his men to order or better still find more credible ways of fighting corruption. If I may ask, what happened to hundreds of millions and cars collected from the alleged Yahoo Yahoo Boys.
Imo State Governor, Hon Emeka Ihedioha should immediately pay a visit to the EFCC office and talk to the National Chairman, before the constant harassment, intimidation and massive arrest of road users and students in guess of arresting Yahoo Boys scares investors and tourists from entering Imo and put Imo economy and social life into jeopardy.
IfeanyiCy Njoku is National President, Imo Youth Vanguard.