The manhandling of the immediate past Director-General of NIMASA, Mr. Patrick Akpobulokemi by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at the premises of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, has been condemned in strong terms by the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC. The IYC, in a statement issued on Tuesday by its spokesman, Eric Omare, stated that "Mr. Akpobulokemi having been granted bail on two occasions by courts of law, there is no basis why the EFCC resorted to force in re-arresting him. The conduct of the EFCC in physically beating up and throwing Akpobulokemi into their vehicle clearly shows that the Buhari led federal government is not fighting corruption but persecution of political enemies.
"Nigerians would recall that during the presidential campaigns, Mr. Akpobulokemi was accused of sponsoring hate campaigns against General Buhari, hence the IYC is not surprised that the Mr. Akpobulokemi is now being subjected to such cruel treatment. “While the IYC is not against the fight against corruption but it must be done within the ambit of the law, respect for human rights and all inclusive," the statement added.