IJAW YOUTH COUNCIL (IYC)
April 15, 2016
IYC DEMAND IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF MRS. GESILA KHAN, RESIDENT ELECTORAL
COMMISSIONER FOR RIVERS STATE
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide demand the immediate release
of Mrs. Gesila Khan, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Cross River
State who was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, the 13th of April, 2016 in Port
Harcourt, Rivers State.
Mrs. Khan had gone to the office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) to honour an invitation and having met with
the EFCC team, they demanded for a first class traditional ruler or
holder of the national honour of Commander of the Niger (CON) to
stand surety to bail her.
However, when the surety was made available on Thursday, the 14th of
April, 2016, the EFCC at Port Harcourt claimed that they no longer
know her whereabout.
The IYC completely condemn this illegal conduct and flagrant abuse
of power by the EFCC in the guise of fighting corruption. While all
well-meaning Nigerians and organizations including the IYC have over
the years supported efforts at stamping out corruption from Nigeria,
we insist that such a fight must be done within the ambit of the law
and not to witch hunt perceived enemies of the government in power.
If the EFCC and other security agencies have any case against Mrs.
Khan, she should be taken to a competent court of law and not
subject to continuous harassment and intimidation as they have been
doing to her since July 14, 2015.
The arrest, continuous harassment, detention and taking of Mrs. Khan
to an unknown destination by Buhariís security agents is a
deliberate effort to punish her because the ruling party lost the
2015 general elections in Rivers State. Mrs. Khan served as Resident
Electoral Commissioner for Rivers State during the 2015 general
Nigerians would recall the illegal arrest and molestation of Mrs.
Khan by the Directorate of State Security (DSS) under Mr. Daura in
order to discredit the general elections in 2015 Rivers State at the
tribunal in August 2015. This effort by the EFCC is a continuation
of the humiliation and psychological torture of Mrs. Khan.
The IYC finds the vindictive nature of the Buhari administration
totally unacceptable. This attitude poses serious danger to our
democracy and the rule of law. For a government that came into power
due to the political magnanimity of a sitting President to be going
after any person it deems to have acted as an obstacle to taking
over Rivers State, its cash cow is most disappointing and worrisome.
Nigeria is under siege and civil society organizations and Nigerians
must stand up against these wanton violations of the rights of
citizens under the guise of fighting corruption.
Consequently, the IYC demand for the immediate and unconditional
release of Mrs. Gesila Khan and warn the Buhari administration to
stop the witch hunt against Nigerians and especially Niger Deltans
who served under the administration of President Jonathan.
Signed for the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide: