Kogi youth protest EFCC’s planned arrest of Yahaya Bello 

Some youth in Kogi state Tuesday protested against plans by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to arrest former Governor Yahaya Bello over alleged N80.2 billion fraud.

The youth under the auspices of the Coalition of Civil Society for Democracy, and Africa Youths Coalition for Justice gathered in their thousands and barricaded Lokoja-Abuja road which caused gridlock on the federal highway.

They were seen carrying banners with various inscriptions, “Nigeria is not a banana republic”, “President Tinubu, call EFCC to order,” “EFCC stop witch- hunting,” “Yahaya Bello remains a responsible citizen, ” “EFCC obey court order now,” among others.

Addressing journalists in Lokoja, the convener, Coalition of Civil Society for Democracy, Richard Otitoleke, said the groups were on ground in defence of the rule of law and democratic governance.

He called for caution and adherence to the rule of law on Bello’s trial.

The youth leader described the rule of law as the hallmarks of democratic society, adding that  there is a court order, an interim restraining order of the court of competent jurisdiction that stated clearly that the former governor of Kogi state should not be invited, arrested or prosecuted pending the determination of the issue concerning his human rights.