A Nigerian man, Adediran Rotimi has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of illegally arresting him at gunpoint after they broke into his home.
Featured24 reports that Rotimi was among nine suspected internet fraudsters arrested and paraded by the anti-graft agency on Wednesday, October 14 in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According him, he was arrested for owning a laptop and smartphones despite the fact that he has nothing that could have incriminate him.
Rotimi said he was in his room sleeping at around 4am on the day of the arrest when operatives of EFCC who broke into his apartment.
“At first I thought they were armed robbers because of their mode of operations but after seeing their jacket I was calm since I don’t have anything incriminating on me,” he said.
Rotimi further narrated that it was after he reached the commission’s office at Ibadan things turned to worst for him.
He said his pictures alongside with others was taken and uploaded on social media platforms despite the fact that no information was carried out to confirm that he was involved in cyber crime.
He added that it was after his pictures was posted online and was tagged a suspect that the commission decided to carry out investigation.
“Later I was handed over to I.O (Investigation Officer). Three people search my phones and Laptop for over four hours they even took it to their ICT but nothing incriminating was found,” he said.
Rotimi said that his situation worsened after he was given a bail condition which he could not meet up with.
The bail condition, according to him, includes; one lawyer, two sureties with landed properties in Ibadan and must be a tax payer for at least 2 years.
He further revealed that he was charged the sum of two hundred thousand naira (₦200,000) “for offense I know nothing about”.
“I was in the cell for two days and I had unspeakable experience in that cell only God will deliver me from the mental disturbance and emotional disorder, I keep asking myself what did I do wrong? No evidence in me but yet detained,” he said, adding that he was able to meet up with the bail on the third day.
Rotimi said on getting back to home, he came to meet nothing as his apartment was robbed after EFCC broke into it and left it opened after the arrest.
Properties like plasma TV, every appliances in his room was stolen, including foodstuffs.
Expressing disappointment with the anti-graft agency, Rotimi said he the commission do carry out research before making arrest.
This is not the first time the anti-graft agency would be called out for illegal arrest and parading of suspects.
In September 2020, a lawyer, Tope Akinyode argued with the commission on Twitter over how the latter parades suspects.
According to the lawyer, media and public parade of suspects have no legitimacy under the Nigerian judicature. The only exception to this is ‘Identification Parade’.
In 2019, the anti-graft agency was threatened with a lawsuit by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) over the parade of one of its members, Sulaiman Abaya, who the commission accused of illegal sale of land.