A Nigerian social media user, Ike Orafite has shared a footage showing the moment Igbo Youth Organizations comprising of the National Association of Nigerian Student, NANS; National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN and Ohaneze Ndi Igbo Youths – rejected a N100,000 offer by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC.
The incident, according to reports took place on Friday, 17th of September, 2021 – during a protest against the commission, over their latest operation in Castle Majestic Hotel in Enugu, where the agency had stormed and arrested persons described as ‘Internet Fraudsters’.
Irked by the manner in which the EFCC conducted their operation, the Igbo Youth Organizations who were said to have convoked in an emergency meeting in the Hotel before the commission stormed the place – organised a protest and stormed the commission’s office in Enugu, to register their displeasure. According to Mr Ike Orafite, EFCC offered them a one hundred thousand Naira (N100,000) “to end hunger in our lives forever”.
“This is the only video we can boast of yesterday by (@MrNonsoOkolo) and it clearly shows us rejecting the sun of #100k offered to us by the commission to end hungers in our lives forever,” Mr. Ike tweeted.
This is coming few hours after the commission published an article alluding that the Igbo Youth Organizations paid the commission a solidarity visit, commending them for their fight against economic and financial crimes in the southeast.
Part of the statement published on the Commission’s verified Facebook page, read; “A group of youth organisations in the Southeast comprising the National Association of Nigerian Student, NANS, National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo Youths, today September 17, 2021 pledged their support for the fight against economic and financial crimes in the southeast region. They made the pledge during a visit to the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC.”
The commission, however said the Zonal Commander, Oshodi Johnson, thanked the groups for embracing the fight against economic and financial crimes.
Reacting to the publication, Ike Orafite – said the Youth only went there to air their displeasure and not on any form of solidarity. He added that he called the attention of the EFCC Zonal Commander, Oshodi Johnson – to the publication and he told him to consider the protest as a win win situation.
“We weren’t there on solidarity like they claim, we were there to air our displeasure”, Ike Orafite said, adding that “After seeing this “dumb” post from their media team, I reached out to their director SE region (Mr Johnson Oshodi) to ask him why this and he told me that we should consider this as a win win situation and not let some people hijack the good cause we are on.
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