APC Youths To EFCC: "You Have No Right To Arrest Blogger"


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The All Progressives Congress Youth
Forum (APYF), on Monday (August
8th, 2016) night accused the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) of abusing its
powers under the law by sending its
operatives to pick up one of the
Forum’s founding members, Mr.
Abubakar “Abusidiq” Sidiq Usman, on charges of cyberstalking.
A statement released by the EFCC
earlier on Monday claimed that
Abusidiq was arrested and questioned
on offences that allegedly contravene
the Cyber Crime Act. In a statement signed by Olu Onemola,
the the National Public Relations Officer
of the Forum, the APYF condemned the
filing of spurious charges against
Abusidiq, stating that if the EFCC’s
actions was left unchecked, it could dent the institutional credibility of the
financial watchdog and the perception
of the adherence to the rule of law of
the entire President Muhammadu
Buhari-led federal government.
The APYF further stated that it would be utilising all the protections and
legal recourses that are available to
citizens in the Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We will be petitioning the Attorney
General of the Federation to call the EFCC and its Chairman to order,” the
APYF said, “We will [also] be filing a
petition with the Senate Committee on
Ethics and Privileges to express our
unease on the abuse of institutional
powers by one of Nigeria’s leading institutions.”
The APYF also stated that it would be
filing a freedom of speech
fundamental rights enforcement
under the 1999 Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria against the EFCC and its Acting Chairman — on
whose orders the armed operatives
acted.
The Forum further called for the
immediate and unconditional release
of Abusidiq, stating that it intended to see the government fulfil its mandate
to fight corruption and impunity,
hence, it would be holding the
government accountable for all its
actions.
Read the Full Statement Below: CALLING THE EFCC TO ORDER:
STATEMENT BY THE APYF ON THE
ARREST OF ABUSIDIQ
On Monday, August 8th, 2016, one of
the founding members of the All
Progressives Congress Youth Forum (APYF), Mr. Abubakar Sidiq Usman
(Abusidiq), the founder and owner of
the blog abusidiqu.com was picked up
from his home by armed operatives of
the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC), purportedly under the orders of the Acting Chairman of
the Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
A statement released by the
Commission claims that Abusidiq was
arrested and questioned on offences
that allegedly contravene the Cyber Crime Act.
The APYF wishes to condemn in the
strongest possible terms the arrest
and filing of spurious charges against
Abusidiq, by an agency that has
obviously overstepped its jurisdiction and crossed beyond the purview of its
responsibilities which are to combat
financial and economic crimes.
From the EFCC establishment act, “The
Commission is empowered to prevent,
investigate, prosecute and penalise economic and financial crimes and is
charged with the responsibility of
enforcing the provisions of other laws
and regulations relating to economic
and financial crimes.”
From the aforementioned, the APYF wishes to state in the clearest possible
terms that the EFCC lacks the powers to
put forward such charges against
Abusidiq on the grounds of
cyberstalking as it is not within their
mandate to do so. As an organisation that believes firmly
in the rule of law, moving forward the
APYF will be utilising all the protections
and legal recourses that are available
to citizens in the Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria. 1. We will be petitioning the Attorney
General of the Federation to call the
EFCC and its Chairman to order - as
these allegations if left unchecked can
dent the institutional credibility of the
Commission in particular, and the perception of the adherence to the
rule of law of the entire government.
2. We will be filing a petition with the
Senate Committee on Ethics and
Privileges to express our unease on
the abuse of institutional powers by one of Nigeria’s leading institutions in
the fight against corruption, and to
raise questions on the suitability of the
Acting Chairman to serve in a
confirmed capacity.
3. We will be filing a freedom of speech fundamental rights enforcement
under the 1999 Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria against the
EFCC and its Acting Chairman — on
whose orders the armed operatives
acted. In this regard, the APYF calls for the
immediate and unconditional release
of Abusidiq, and wishes to reiterate
our commitment to seeing this
government fulfil its mandate to fight
corruption and impunity. Hence, we intend to do so by holding the
government accountable for all its
actions. Now, and always.
Signed:
Olu Wole Onemola
APYF National Public Relations Officer.