A group known as the Coalition of Niger Delta Youth Leaders (CNDYL) has raised the alarm over the alleged plot by some politicians from the region to poison Mr. George Turner, the 33 years old godson of the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC),
According to the group, though the detained George Turner had under prosecution by the EFCC leaded not guilty and was granted bail by a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the new plot alleged to be sponsored by those intimidated by his rising profile in Bayelsa involved poisoning and rearrest by the EFCC when bail conditions are met.
According to the angered youths under the aegis of the Coalition of Niger Delta Youth Leaders in a statement signed by its President, Comrades Okhare Godgift and Secretary, Kelvin Abiye, the deadly plot against George Turner is being sponsored by those who thought his ordeal and persecution would defame, demarket and silence him, “but they were ashamed and surprised at the wide spread solidarity and empathy for the 33 year old Ogbia born-Lawyer.”
“We are deeply worried that the South-South Zone of EFCC, is allegedly fast becoming a vindictive and willing tool to do the sinister biddings of some vengeful persons intimidated by the rising political profile of Mr. Turnah (MON), under the guise of fighting corruption.”
The coalition, therefore, condemned the EFCC’s plans to re-arrest Turnah immediately as he is leaving the Port Harcourt Maximum Security Prison.
“We further condemn the planned ambush for the re-arrest of Turnah on the 30th of this month as he appears before the Court for the continuation of his trial. Accordingly, we call on the good people of Nigeria, democrats and fellow Rights’ Activists to rise and demand that never again should any Nigerian be persecuted or assassinated based on his rising political profile, beliefs and associations, under the guise of fighting corruption.
The youth leaders said the planned re-arrest of George Turnah is needless as much as it is reckless insisting, that such action negates sections 7 and 8 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015
It would be recalled that the 33 years old, George Turnah is facing trial before a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on a 12-count charges bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, money laundering, and abuse of office amongst others.
Turnah, a Special Adviser on Youths to the erstwhile Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Bassey Dan Abia, was arrested in Port Harcourt in March this year in connection with alleged possession of #3 billion suspected to be funds siphoned from the NDDC while serving there between 2012 and 2015.