Youths in Delta State on Tuesday protested against what they described as illegal arrest by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
EFCC men last week reportedly arrested no fewer than 95 youths suspected to be Internet fraudsters.
They were arrested at the Adesa Ughonton and Jedda axis of Warri for internet-related criminal activities during a sting operation carried out by personnel of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the anti-graft.
Reacting to the arrest, the protesting youths carrying placards besieged Effurun roundabout in the city centre, calling for EFCC’s scrap.
A protester who spoke anonymously, alleged that EFCC operatives were “demanding as much as N2 million each from any of the youths captured”.
“Those who cannot afford the money, his or her assets such as car will be seized,” he said.
The protesters further accused EFCC of “illegally entering Ughelli doing the same to youths since the 2nd of October, 2022 without proper investigation of what these youths do for a living”.
Meanwhile the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujeren, last week stated that phones of different brands, laptops and 15 vehicles of different brands were among items recovered from the arrested suspects.
He maintained that the suspects would be charged to court after investigating the matter.