Public Uproar as EFCC Allegedly Dehumanizes Women in Akure Club Raid, Prompting Official Denial and Explanation

Public Uproar as EFCC Allegedly Dehumanizes Women in Akure Club Raid, Prompting Official Denial and Explanation

Reports emerge of public outrage following allegations that officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) engaged in dehumanizing actions against women during a midnight raid at Signatures Elixir, Club Royale, and Alba Royale Club in Akure, purportedly targeting attendees of a ‘Yahoo Bachelor’s Eve party’.

Contradictory Accounts

Contrary to initial reports, the EFCC issues a press statement refuting claims of misconduct during the operation, asserting that the arrests were executed professionally and in accordance with established protocols.

EFCC’s Version of Events

According to the EFCC’s statement, the arrests were part of a sting operation conducted based on credible intelligence, resulting in the apprehension of 127 suspected internet fraudsters across two clubs in Akure.

Denial of Allegations

The EFCC vehemently denies accusations of assault, brutality, or dehumanizing treatment of suspects, dismissing circulating videos depicting alleged victims as potentially staged and intended to mislead the public.

Rebuttal of Brutality Claims

The Commission refutes claims of tear gas usage or physical violence during the operation, asserting that such tactics are not part of their standard procedure for sting operations.

Clarification on CCTV Removal

Addressing concerns about the removal of CCTV footage from the scene, the EFCC clarifies that it was done with the cooperation of club staff to preserve evidence for further investigation, emphasizing the cooperation of one suspect, the club manager, who assisted in the process.

Adherence to Standard Operating Procedures

The EFCC underscores its commitment to upholding professionalism and respect for human dignity in all operations, reiterating its adherence to established protocols and the rule of law.

Prosecution of Suspects

The statement concludes with assurance that the profiling of arrested suspects has been completed and they will face prosecution in accordance with the law.

Official Response

Dele Oyewale, Head of Media & Publicity for the EFCC, issues the statement on June 9, 2024, seeking to clarify the circumstances surrounding the arrests and dispel misinformation circulating in the public domain.

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