A Nigerian Civil Society Organisation has issued a strong call for the immediate release of Godwin Emefiele, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). The group has deemed Emefiele’s arrest by the EFCC unjustified and an act of overzealousness.
At a ‘Free Emefiele Rally’ held in Abuja, Yusuf Maje, the convener of the Coalition of Civil Society for the Defence of Human Rights, expressed concern over Emefiele’s continued detention following his release from the Department of State Service (DSS) on October 25.
Maje stated that Emefiele’s current predicament under the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is nothing short of a witch hunt. He criticized the EFCC for subjecting an innocent citizen to such an ordeal. He argued that the agency should focus on its core mandate of fighting corruption rather than becoming an instrument of oppression.
Civil Society Group Demands Release of Godwin Emefiele from EFCC Custody
The civil society group firmly rejected passing Emefiele from one government agency to another in the name of investigation, describing it as unacceptable. They emphasized that Nigeria is no longer under a military junta where the rights of innocent citizens can be suspended arbitrarily. While acknowledging President Tinubu’s efforts to combat corruption and steer the country towards economic growth and sustainable development through his Renewed Hope Agenda, the group insisted that Emefiele’s treatment was excessive.
In their statement, the Coalition of Civil Society for Defence of Human Rights demanded the immediate release of Godwin Emefiele from EFCC custody or his prompt charging in court within the next seven days. They warned that failure to meet this demand would result in widespread protests and opposition from their coalition nationwide.
The call for Emefiele’s release highlights growing concerns about the abuse of power and the need to uphold the rights of individuals, even in the fight against corruption. The civil society group’s ultimatum to President Tinubu and the EFCC signals their determination to ensure justice and fairness in the handling of Emefiele’s case.
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