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  • Updated: May 20, 2024

Yahaya Bello: Citizens rally in UK, urge President Tinubu to ensure EFCC impartiality

Yahaya Bello: Citizens rally in UK, urge President Tinubu to

Kogi natives and concerned citizens from Nigeria converged in the United Kingdom, forming the "Alliance For Emancipation and True Change" to conduct a peaceful demonstration urging President Bola Tinubu to safeguard the independence of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from political influences.

Their main grievance was with the EFCC's handling of corruption accusations against a former Kogi State Governor, which they argued appeared politically motivated, tarnishing Nigeria's image both domestically and internationally.

During the protest held in London on May 20, 2024, participants emphasized the necessity of an impartial legal process in accordance with the rule of law.

They condemned any alleged exploitation of the EFCC by politicians to suppress opposition and advocated for a transparent and accountable review of the commission's procedures to prevent further politicization.

Speaking during the procession, Dr Shaibu Ojogbane, Publicity Secretary of the Alliance For Emancipation and True Change, and Chukwunonso Ezeani, Director of Research & Public Affairs, reiterated the alliance's support for the government's anti-corruption efforts but called for greater oversight to prevent selective justice and abuse of human rights.

The group said, "The protest against the former Governor today, apparently sponsored by the Opposition in the state, indicates desperation on their part. We are aware that at least one of the opposition candidates is currently in London.

''Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello has restated his readiness to answer questions regarding his period of leadership in Kogi state; all he asks for is that the rule of law be adhered to, as it is glaring that in this particular case, the commission is serving the interest of some powerful Nigerians beyond the eye meets.

''With this in mind, we state without any fear of contradiction that the commission must be called to order without delay.

''We trust that Mr President will act swiftly so this situation doesn't degenerate into a massive calling out of the government on matters related to selective justice, abuse of human rights and other issues associated therein.''

They urged the president to intervene promptly to prevent further damage to the government's reputation and ensure the EFCC operates with integrity and impartiality.

According to them, the Opposition has also continued to ride on the activities of the EFCC to malign Governor Bello by sponsoring ethnic onslaught against him even outside the country. 

The protesters said they deemed it important to stage a peaceful protest on the side of justice so that Nigerians were not misled by a few people.

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