EFCC Warns Of Planned Protest Against Commission

The EFCC said a group has been actively campaigning on social media, recruiting impressionable young Nigerians against the Commission.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has alerted the general public on what it described as a plan by a shadowy group to instigate a protest against the Commission.

The Commission in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, said the group has been actively campaigning on social media, recruiting impressionable young Nigerians, including students to take up “arms” against the EFCC in the last couple of days.

It said that the insidious campaign is being promoted as resistance to the operational activities of the Commission especially in respect of the enforcement of the laws dealing with cybercrimes.

“The Commission, while not averse to protests by citizens, is alarmed by emerging evidence that suggest a grand design by corrupt elements under investigation or prosecution by the Commission to exploit the so-called protest to orchestrate a national uprising that may threaten the peace and security of our dear nation.

“As a responsible law enforcement organisation, the Commission will not tolerate any breakdown of law and order anywhere in the country especially around its office locations across Nigeria.

“EFCC, working in concert with sister security agencies, is therefore taking necessary measures to deal with possible threats to the peace and security of Nigeria,” the statement read.

The Commission, however, appealed to parents, guardians and heads of tertiary institutions to take responsibility in ensuring that their wards are not recruited to be used as cannon fodder in a proxy war against the Commission by vested corrupt interests.

“The war being waged by the Commission against corruption and cybercrime is to protect the future of the youth of this country.

“That future is imperilled if Nigeria degenerates further in global reckoning as a den of fraudsters,” it added.

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