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NANS Berates EFCC Over Akure Club Raid

calls for investigation and sanctioning of operatives

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has berated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for a raid conducted by men of the Commission in Akure, Ondo State Capital, where about 127 individuals were arrested including students and a couple who were having their bachelor’s eve at a lounge.

“We acknowledge the need for the EFCC to combat cybercrime and uphold the rule of law. However, the breakdown of law and order witnessed during the raid is deeply concerning and unjust”, a statement by the President of the senate of NANS, Akinsete Babatunde Hafeez read on Sunday.

Condemning the raid and describing it as unlawful, the umbrella body of students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria also called on the Federal Government to investigate it and the dehumanisation of innocent fun seekers male and female, who they said were manhandled and tear gassed by the EFCC operatives.

Akinteye noted that, despite various engagements with the anti graft body, NANS continues to observe a high rate of abuse against Nigerians in the form of indiscriminate arrests and harassment of its members.

“They then advise the leadership of EFCC tó continue to train and retrain it’s officers so as to keep them in tune with international operational standards

While also noting that the primary duty of the EFCC is to investigate and prosecute economic and financial crimes, ensuring the integrity of our financial systems and protecting the public from fraud and corruption, NANS advised the body to always operate with precision informed by actionable intelligence and go about it’s duties with utmost professionalism and respect for human rights.

The statement reads in part: “However, this mandate must be carried out with the utmost professionalism and respect for human rights.

“The EFCC must operate as a law enforcement agency, not as thieves and burglars who use excessive force and violate the rights of innocent citizens.

“They must adhere to the principles of justice, fairness, and respect for the dignity of every individual.

“We are calling for immediate sanctions against the erring officers involved in the maltreatment of innocent ladies during this raid.

“We also demand a thorough review and adjustment of the EFCC’s operational procedures to ensure such abuses do not recur.

“Furthermore, we urge the EFCC to engage in continuous training and development for their officers to enhance their investigative skills and ensure they conduct their operations in line with international human rights standards.

“The agency must build public trust by demonstrating a commitment to justice and human rights, not by instilling fear and perpetuating abuse.

“We stand firmly against any form of human rights abuse and will continue to advocate for the protection and dignity of every Nigerian citizen.”. It ended.

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