A number of youths in Warri, Delta state, have staged a protest against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today, October 4.
The protest comes days after operatives of the anti-graft agency arrested 95 suspects in connection to internet fraud in the state.
Read a report of the mass arrest below,
The aggrieved protesters accused EFCC of arresting young men with no link to internet fraud and falsely accusing them of cybercrime.
Photos and videos from the agitation have been shared on social media, and the protesters burnt tires on major roads, held placards with different inscriptions such as ‘END EFCC’, ‘It’s not a crime to be a youth’ and so on.
See pictures below,
In one of the videos making rounds online, some young ladies appealed to the anti-graft agency to release their boyfriends because their only means of survival is the proceeds from internet fraud.
A lady said, “make una leave our boyfriends for us o. Na the same yahoo we take dey chop”.
The young man in a Twitter thread said he was about 18 years old when the incident happened.
According to him, he went to register for JAMB with a friend, but on that day the network was bad, so they couldn’t complete the registration, only to return the next day to discover that the card had been used.
The victim said he just found out that the same friend was paraded by the EFCC for fraud and his mugshot was shared on the anti-graft agency’s page.
He stated that seeing his friend in that situation makes him feel as if he has finally gotten justice for what happened years ago.