Protest Against EFCC: NOA Mobilises 4000 Staff To Track Promoters Of Violence

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As security agencies warn against the planned protests across the country, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Thursday said it has activated its civil intelligence network, by directing its 812 offices around the country to identify incident spots and individuals involved in the planned protest nationwide.

This directive came as the EFCC said that certain individuals, especially those being investigated by the Commission, are mobilising youths and school children to stage a nationwide protest against the government.

Director General of the NOA, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, who announced the activation of the civil intelligence network, therefore urged parents and well-meaning Nigerians to advise their wards against getting involved in the planned protest.

Issa-Onilu said that the promoters of the uprising are seeking to destabilise the country and cut short investigation into their nefarious activities.

While directing the 4000 staff of the agency to work hard to provide support to security agencies to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the country, Issa-Onilu said the government will continue to provide channels for citizens’ feedback on any government policies, programmes and activities.

Hefurther said; “A group has been recruiting young Nigerians, including students, through social media to protest against the EFCC’s operational activities, particularly in enforcing cybercrime laws”.

The NOA Director General said that while the government respects citizens’ right to protest, stressed that evidence suggests that corrupt elements under investigation or prosecution are behind the plot and desperately seeking to exploit the protest in order to threaten national peace and security.

NOA, therefore, urged Nigerians to report any suspicious movements or activities to the nearest EFCC office or law enforcement agencies or reach the NOA through the “Say Something” platform on the agency’s app, Mobiliser.

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