Delta youths demonstrate against the EFCC, alleging illegal arrests.


Delta youths demonstrate against the EFCC, alleging illegal arrests.
On Tuesday, a sizable number of young people in Delta State demonstrated against the arrest and incarceration of several young people there by agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Anti-graft agents reportedly raided Warri last week and detained no less than 95 suspected internet scammers.

The suspects were reportedly apprehended at the Adesa Ughonton and Jedda axis of Warri for alleged fraudulent internet-related activities on September 29, 2022, during a sting operation carried out by agents of the anti-graft agency's Port Harcourt Zonal Command.

However, the protesters with placards had surrounded the Effurun roundabout in the city center as early as 8 a.m. on Tuesday, demanding the abolition of the EFCC.

The demonstrators said that agency employees had essentially become into vengeance mafia.

Unwanted to have his identity published, one of the demonstrators claimed that the EFCC agents were "demanding as much as N2million from any of the kidnapped youths."

He added, "Those who cannot afford the money will have their possessions, such as their automobile, taken."

The demonstrators also claimed that from October 2, 2022, the EFCC has been "illegally visiting Ughelli and doing the same to youths without adequate investigation of what these youths do for a job."

Wilson Uwujeren, the spokesman for the EFCC, had previously indicated that among the items seized from the individuals who had been arrested were 15 different brands of vehicles, phones, and laptops.

The suspects held by the EFCC would be charged in court after their individual cases' investigations are finished, according to Uwujeren.


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