The Nigerian Bar Association has blasted the Federal Government of Nigeria and Central Bank of Nigeria over the freezing of #EndSARS Campaigners last October tagging them as a terrorists due to it 'suspicious transaction activities on the bearers account.
The NBA described the CBN's action as a disgrace for after freezing the account head towards the court to seek an ex parte order to freeze the accounts in support of a motion filed by the CBN with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1384/2020, before Justice A. R. Mohammed, but made no mention of the fact that the 20 frozen accounts were owned by persons involved in the #EndSARS demonstration.
The Publicity Secretary of the NBA, Dr Raps Nduka, insisted that the #EndSARS protesters were lawful in their demonstrations and the 5 of 5 demands of the campaigners were genuine.
Nduka stated that the action through the CBN revealed that the government's promise was insincere to address their demands.
He said, said, “The timing looks very suspicious. The protests are lawful and the demands of the protesters and the concerns they expressed are genuine.
“What has happened shows that the protesters were right to insist that they were not going to leave the streets because over time, the government would promise something and do the opposite. This action of the CBN lends credence to the position taken by the youth.
“Even if the government is right, who will believe it at this time? The government makes it look like it is trying to silence people from talking about the ills of the society. Why does the government appear to be doing that?
“It tells us that the government may not be doing anything to ensure that the complaints are being addressed. It also tells us that that their original claims that they were standing with the youth were pretences. You cannot be standing with them and freeze their accounts. It does not work that way.
“Let us assume that the allegations are true, what happens to discrete investigation? Why should they block the accounts of persons because you are investigating them? Why don’t they be on the trail of the money going into the accounts, assuming the allegations are true?
“The time is very suspicious. It lends credence to the belief of the average Nigerian that the government is not being sincere.”