Former Presidential Candidate of the African Liberation Party, ALP, in the 2011 elections, Chief Emmanuel Okereke, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into his unlawful detention and alleged witch hunt by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
In a letter to Buhari on August 21, 2015, a copy of which was made available to Nigerian Pilot, Okereke, who is the Director General, National Taskforce on Illegal Importation, Smuggling of Arms, Light Weapons and Pipeline Vandalisation, alleged that he has suffered immensely in the hands of the EFCC over the years, and might continue if the president does not
intervene to stop the unwarranted intimidation.
According to him, personnel of the anti-graft body invaded his office on May 25, 2015 and “carted away files, money and laptops without any search warrant as required by the law and got me arrested,handcuffed and detained in their cell for four days with a stern instruction that nobody be allowed to have access to me as I remained incommunicado.”
He stated that, despite fulfilling the obnoxious bail condition and getting the order of the Federal High Court for parties to
maintain status quo, the EFCC has continued to harass and threaten him with arrest.
Trouble started for Okereke when a staff in the Taskforce, Iluyemi Fredrick of Ondo State Command, was fingered in a money-for-job scam by duping over 4, 000 unsuspecting applicants for non-existent jobs.
Miffed by the development, Okereke in the letter said he dismissed the alleged official on May 25, 2015 and reported the matter to the Ondo State Police Command. But the accused person fled to Abuja and informed his brother who is a director in the EFCC who caused the arrest of “my personal assistant allegedly for collecting the sum of N600,000 for onward transmission to me for reasons best known to him which never existed in actuality.”
Okereku urged the president to refocus the EFCC as it has derailed in its statutory duties and targeting “innocent Nigerians like me.”


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