Parents of the 69 students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) who were arrested by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recently after a sting operation in their hostels are demanding an apology and other remedies from the anti-graft agency for the post-traumatic stress disorders they and the students are going through as a result of the operation, which they insist was illegal.
They are also demanding that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Lateef Fagbemi SAN and the Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede, institute “a thorough and impartial investigation” into the circumstances surrounding the operation.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos, they contended that the operation violated the fundamental rights of the students “to privacy, dignity, personal liberty amongst others, as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.”
While acknowledging that 11 of the students have been charged to court over alleged involvement in internet fraud, they stressed that their major focus presently was on the innocent students that the agency released and returned their devices but who “are still being caused more trauma, continuous stress and life endangerment by asking them to keep reporting at their office in Ibadan which is around 100 kilometers away from the Obafemi Awolowo University where they school.”
The parents are also demanding that the students on whom nothing has been found be completely and unconditionally released and their names, pictures, identities, biometrics and everything else pertaining to them be expunged from all EFCC records and social media platforms, while the agency speedily concludes its investigations on students who have been released but whose devices, including academic tools are still being held.