The Amilcar Cabral Ideological School (ACIS-M) Movement has challenged the arrest and parade by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of Mr. Segun Oladunni, a “Utility Commissar” of the Movement, Administrative Officer at the Kolagbodi Memorial Foundation (KMF) and a Field Organiser in the Joint Action Front (JAF).
The group has therefore demanded an “immediate and unconditional retraction of this condemnable act of infamy by EFCC and Channels TV!”
According to ACIS-M, Channels TV, in particular would not understand the damage it’s reckless reportage of the news items has caused Oladunni and the group locally and internationally.
The EFCC had in a statement yesterday announced that Operatives of Commission, Lagos Zonal Office raided Alagbado suburb of Lagos and arrested ten suspects including Mr. Oladunni, for their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.
According to Wilson Uwujaren, the agency’s Head of Media & Publicity, Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest are cars, mobile phones, laptop computers, passports, a digital video recorder and a chequebook.
But Abiodun Aremu, Co-Coordinator ACIS-M and Executive Secretary KMF maintained that “facts at their disposal” revealed that “on Saturday, January 9, 2021the fianceé of Comrade Oladuni called to inform me that some armed men suspected to be DSS stormed the residence at No 14, Celestia Street, Isoto Road, Command Agbado, Okeodo LCDA, Lagos State and arrested almost all the occupants in the block of flats, with the exception of the Landlord.
According to Aremu, Oladunni’s fiancée, further reported that when the armed men entered their flat, they took her and Oladunni’s phones (3nos), his laptop and international passport and took them both to join the other arrested co-tenants; but that she was later released outside the premises but her phones (2) were not released.
On getting the report from Oladunni’s fiancee, Aremu said, the group informed a legal friend ACIS-M of the development and efforts were made to locate where Oladunni was taken to in custody, which was later discovered to be the EFCC Office at 7A Okotie Eboh Street, Ikoyi.
“When we interacted with Comrade Oladunni yesterday afternoon at the said EFCC Office, he said there was nothing the EFCC Investigating Team could press against him as charges, despite checking his bank accounts and gave us a paper of “Provisional Bail” which he signed on Saturday 9th January and awaiting his lawyer to respond to the conditions for the bail listed.
Aremu asserted that “for the same EFCC who have as at Saturday concluded on a provisional bail for him, having found no charge to press against him, to have rushed to the media, lumped Oladunni along with other arrested co-tenants smacks of a high level of character assassination and prejudicial assertion!”
“We hope both Channels and the EFCC would learn from this highly reprehensible course of action and exercise restraint in jumping in to avoidable conclusion on such issue they have not thoroughly investigated.” Aremu concluded.