The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has said the freezing of #EndSARS promoters’ accounts was discussed during the meeting of South-West governors and traditional rulers on Sunday due to the violence that emerged from the #EndSARS protests that went bloody and agreed to take the action.
Akeredolu then informed the account owners the transaction was suspicious and the federal government can’t keep mum on the matter adding that freezing of owners account isn’t the first of its kind.
Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, then told the promoters to challenge the action in court and they should justify that the fund was from a legalized source.
The Governor said, “The issue of the accounts that were frozen was discussed but nobody said in the communique that we appreciated the government for freezing the accounts.
“We know that there are ways to get a few things done without putting it in the public glare and start contestation on the pages of newspapers. So, we know what we decided and we know what we want to do about that.
“The issue, when it was raised, generated debate. But it was so clear that some people were getting to fund this for reasons other than #EndSARS. So, if we know money moved from some accounts that were suspicious, do you say the government should keep quiet? It is something we are looking into.”
Akeredolu explained that when Nigerian politicians’ accounts are frozen they also visit the court to justify themselves and the court will order the account to be de-frozen.
He said, “If I were counsel to those people, I will not advise them not to appear at that panel.
“Accounts are frozen, is that the first time it is done? If your account was frozen, you justify why the money was there. You explain what use you have used the money. If it is, okay, we paid this caterer to give food to these boys when they were there. We spent money before the hoodlums took over, it will be explained, people will know and the accounts will be de-frozen.
“If for instance, my account was frozen, all I will do is to go to court and explain. Politicians’ accounts have been frozen and all they do is to go to court to explain and the court will say, leave the accounts and the accounts will be de-frozen and they get their money.”
Akeredolu however urged the youth in the Lagos State Panel of Judiciary Inquiry investigating cases of police brutality and the Lekki shootings to resume.
About 20 persons account was frozen by the CBN making an accusation that it suspected the fund was for terrorists activities.