Nigerians react as EFCC mounts roadblocks in Lagos
Thousands of Nigerians took to social media to criticise the country’s flagship anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for mounting road blockades in Lagos State’s major roads in search of internet fraudsters.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the alleged stop-and-search operation in the state might not be unconnected with the arrest of a serving military personnel, Lance Corporal Ajayi Kayode and 26 others over alleged internet fraud in the Lekki axis of Lagos State.
Dele Oyewale, EFCC spokesman, in a statement on Monday, said Mr Kayode, with service number NAF18/34732, was arrested in his military attire during an early morning raid at 6B, Fatai Idowu Arobike, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
The statement quoted Mr Kayode as saying that the “big shot yahoo yahoo boys” in whose company he was arrested, were his friends and are members of Organised Cyber Criminal Syndicate Network, OCCSN.
Reacting, Nigerians on social media slammed the commission, expressing their anger on how an anti-corruption agency could be seen on major roads in search of fraudsters.
A twitter user, Doctor Alchemy, said: “If you ask me this is a huge downgrade for EFCC to be doing stop and search on the road like common NPF! They supposed to be operating in the shadows like secret service, they’ll only be seen when need be. But what do I expect from another agency in Nigeria?”
Another Maikanoh, CHOM Nathan, tweeted: “EFCC way suppose be anti-Corruption and work like secret service don they contest stop and search with NPF and SARS for highway. Omo this reverse gear.”
MARK DAVID shared thus: “EFCC is doing stop and search around Ikoyi and lekki axis…… Omo this hustle is real, very soon you will see them in all police checkpoint collecting #100 from motorists.”
In reply to @perosola_A’s tweet, “EFCC is doing stop and search around Lekki.”
One AustynZOGS said: “Which one is EFCC Stop and Search again? So we now have an EFCC checkpoint too? Lagos na wa!!”
As at the time of filing this report, no official statement or post was issued by the EFCC in that regard.