A civil society group, Concerned Citizens for Constitutional Democracy, CCCD, has condemned the invasion of the residence of a former Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Diko Inde, by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The CCCD in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, condemned the invasion, saying the country is gradually sliding into a dictatorial system of government with the rising wave of arrest of perceived opposition members and the flagrant neglect of the rule of law under the guise of fighting corruption.
“This is a new dimension in the unleashing of state apparatus against perceived opponents.”
The statement signed by CCCG’s National President, Anthony Kolawole, noted that it was apparent that the siege by the EFCC was to gather evidence.
He said Nigerians expected that the EFCC would have carried out investigation and have facts and credible evidence to work with and not invade residences of alleged suspects who have not been invited for questioning.
The group said while it is in support of the anti-corruption war of the current administration, Nigerians expect that it would be done within the ambit of the law.
He said former PDP members are now massively defecting to the APC for fear of being harassed.
“It is on record that the former comptroller-general was the one who fully opened the nation’s eyes to the potentials in increasing revenue generation from customs and should therefore not be treated like an insurgent. Inde served this country dedicatedly and any poor treatment meted out to him will discourage others from giving their best to the nation.
“The assault on him has all the trappings of the treatment meted out to other senior officials in former President Jonathan’s government who are currently in the incumbent government’s gulag.
“People are arrested and kept in detention for as long as possible without being charged to court as the emerging dictatorship has fully constituted itself into the executive, legislature and judiciary.
“We are not the only ones expressing these concerns, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, also flayed the growing authoritarianism in the land.

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