Nigerians have taken to social media to call for a reformation or end to the operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged assault and harassment of citizens.
The #EndEFCC hashtag is currently trending on the microblogging platform, Twitter.
The development trails media reports of raids by personnel of the EFCC on citizens, particularly the invasion of hotel rooms and homes without search warrants.
This is despite section 37 of the 1999 Constitution which provides that: "The privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone conversations and telegraphic communications is hereby guaranteed and protected.”
Recently, operatives of the EFCC conducted a series of raids on some hotels in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, for suspected internet fraudsters during which its operatives opened fire on some lodgers.
SaharaReporters had some weeks ago reported that Dorathy Bachor, a reality TV show star, expressed frustration at how unsafe it was to be a Nigerian after EFCC officials barged into her home.
However, in its usual charade, the EFCC issued a statement, giving shallow reasons for the forceful entry into her apartment.
Nigerians on social media accused the EFCC of sabotaging the economy of the South just as the Islamic corps, Hisbah is perceived to be doing for the Southerners in the North.
Some of them alleged that there have never been EFCC raids on hotels in the North accusing the body of killing the hospitality business in the South.
The social media users also requested that the government should either reform the EFCC or disband the body just as it had done for the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigeria Police Force notorious for extra-judicial killings.
Below are some of their reactions:
I support #ENDEFCC EFCC never deals with corrupt people in our politics and corporate life. They only a tool of subjugating the youth— Nigeria Needs Freedom (@nisimimike) September 17, 2021
If you donât have a problem with how the EFCC is going about bringing down peopleâs doors, something is simply wrong with you.— 'Dotun Olawoye (@olawoye_dotun) September 17, 2021
Itâs just wrong. You canât keep traumatizing people.#EndEFCC hashtag should not be discarded, we should address these things.
Your job is to fight financial crimes....— Your friendly friend (@lex_solution) September 17, 2021
We know those committing financial crimes in this country.
Go after them and stop harassing citizens. #EndEFCC
EFCC Raids castle majestic hotel Enugu yesterday Night ð¤¦ð¤¦ð¤¦,they picked up everybody at the pool side and even barging into peopleâs room and picking people lodged there#ENDEFCC— Best boyfriend in the world ðð (@damnflows) September 17, 2021
Some of the outburst on social media could be attributed to a statement by the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa that he cannot publicly reveal the Identities of people bankrolling Boko Haram terrorists and other insurgents in Nigeria.
The EFCC boss made the statement during Politics Today's Channels TV programme on Thursday evening.
Earlier this week, the authorities of the United Arab Emirates mentioned six Nigerians among those funding terrorism.
However, while answering a question regarding that, Bawa said he would not discuss a sensitive national security issue on national television.
“If you are my adviser, will you advise me to come on national television to tell the whole world regarding matters of sensitive national security issue?” Bawa asked.
“Certainly, not. But what I want to assure you we are working tirelessly with other sister agencies to ensure that this country is free of terrorism.”
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has promised many times to publish the names of people sponsoring terrorism in the country, but has failed to do so.
Also in Nigeria, about 400 Bureaux de Change operators have since been detained for allegedly supporting terrorists but the government has also not made the details available to Nigerians.