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Ex-NHRC Boss, Chidi Odinkalu And EFCC Clash Over Bobrisky's Arrest

Posted by Samuel on Sat 06th Apr, 2024 -

In a post shared on his handle on Thursday, Odinkalu said The EFCC should be ashamed of themselves.


Chidi Odinkalu, a former Director-General of the National Human Rights Commission NHRC, clashed with the EFCC after Odinkalu criticized the arrest and arraignment of crossdresser Bobrisky.

In a post shared on his handle on Thursday, Odinkalu wrote; ‘The @officialEFCC shd be ashamed of themselves.

"The power of arrest & prosecution is a public trust that shd not be weaponized for the persecution of those whom they don't like.

"It is either @officialEFCC  is evidently idle or this is clear #AbuseOfPower."

The EFCC felt slighted by his comments and in a statement released on Friday, April 5, threatened to take legal action against Odinkalu.

‘’The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to some reckless commentaries made by a former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu  on the arrest of Idris Okuneye(a.k.a Bobrisky) by the Commission, describing it as evidence of idleness or an abuse of power .    

The Commission views such commentaries from Odinkalu as unbecoming of a former head of a major government agency.  Okuneye was arrested and arraigned by the Commission on the basis of clear cases of abuse of the Naira to which he has pleaded guilty.

Odinkalu has a right to free speech as a Nigerian but such a right should be exercised with decorum and responsibility. The Commission would not hesitate to take appropriate legal actions against such uncouth commentaries against its lawful mandate by anyone.


Odinkalu is warned and advised to ventilate his rascally opinions more responsibly in future situations.

Dele Oyewale

Head, Media & Publicity

April 5, 2024''

Responding, Odinkalu said the EFCC's statement is self-evident that they are indeed ‘’jobless.''

‘’It is now self evident that @officialEFCC is a shameless,  #IdleAndDisorderly institution whose sole preoccupation is #AbuseOfPower. This is beyond unfortunate but entirely predictable.''


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