Release Jonathan’s cousin or charge him to court, Nigerians tell EFCC


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Nigerians have call for the release of the nephew of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Azibaola Robert, the Managing Director of Kakatar Engineering limited following his continuous detention by anti-graft agency,  Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC.

Operatives of EFCC arrested Azibaola along with his wife and executive director of projects of his firm after he honoured an invitation by the commission.

According to reports, Azibaola was immediately taken to detention and has been held there for more than two weeks without formal charges.

A Public Affairs commentator, Henry Omoregie condemned the arrest and detention of the entrepreneur by the anti-graft body, stressing that it is an unnecessary distraction from the glaring failure of governance.

“I think it is an unnecessary distraction from the glaring failure of governance. Of course the soul that sinneth should not go unpunished but this case is clearly, as things stand, sheer impunity. If the security contract in question was actually carried out without hitches, why hold the contractor in detention,” he queried.

“Why seek for details of execution when the contract was actually executed? I also understand that Mr Robert is ex-President Jonathan’s cousin. The selective justice we are witnessing has become too conspicuous for even the least informed to see.

“First it was his CSO, detained, then released; then his ADC detained and released. In fact the latter has sued the FG for illegality. This has become a charade. The courts should hear people out no matter the cases involved. We are not in a military dictatorship where things are done arbitrarily. Selective justice is actually corruption,” he said.

The spokesperson of the foremost Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Eric Omare, stated that Azibola should be treated as a Nigerian who is entitled to fundamental human rights.

He said: “Robert is a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The security agency that has kept him in incarceration is a creation of law and subject to the law and therefore ought to follow due process of law in carrying out their functions”.

Other Nigerians have joined the conversation, using the hashtag #Selective Justice Is Injustice to demand the immediate release of Mr. Azibola and his wife.