The parents of the Obafemi Awolowo University students who were released on Friday demanded that the names, fingerprints, and photographs of their children be removed right away from the Economic Financial Crime Commission’s (EFCC) database.
They also asked the anti-graft agency to issue an apology for what they considered to be an illegal crackdown on their wards.
This came after the EFCC on November 1, 2023, released 58 pupils.
The Parents’ Coalition against the EFCC’s Invasion of OAU Students’ Hostels is an organisation that called for the anti-graft organisation to remove their children’s names, images, identities, and biometrics from all EFCC records and social media accounts.
The spokesperson for the coalition, Yinka Junaid, who spoke during a press conference in Gbagada, Lagos State, said that they were committed to defending their children’s rights, asking for the protection of their children’s future.
He added that the parents expected the announcement of the removal of their names followed by the issuance of the public apology.
“To this end, we expect the announcement of the removal of their (children’s) names followed by the issuance of the public apology, and this must be advertised in leading national newspapers and circulated on all EFCC social media handles, websites and all news agencies in the country.
“We also called on the agency to conclude investigations on students who have been released, and whose devices, including academic tools, are still being held.
“We call on the EFCC to release and clear our children on whom nothing has been found unconditionally and without delay. We demand that the anti-graft agency expunge their names, pictures, identities and biometrics and everything about them from all EFCC records and all social media platforms.”