- The freezing of the bank accounts of some EndSARS protest promoters has displeased a lot of Nigerians
- Pastor Tunde Bakare has also lent his voice against the decision of the federal government
- Bakare notes that if the decision is not reversed soon, it will lead to more protest
Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly has kicked against the freezing of the accounts of promoters of EndSARS protests.
Bakare on Sunday, November 15, said if the government is not careful, its decisions regarding the fallout of the rallies will engender more protest in the country, The Nation reports.
The outspoken Christian cleric noted that while the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has the right to freeze accounts if given an ex parte order to do so, the government should not use existing laws to oppress the youths.
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He notes that the protesters has the freedom of choice to speak up against the inactions of the leadership and should not be silenced through any means.
Bakare, therefore called on the government to consider reversing its decision, adding that it will be better for the general interest of the citizenry if the some resolves are abolished sooner than later.
“Some of the actions recently taken by the government on the heels of the #EndSARS protests may need to be reversed sooner rather than later in our collective best interest so that they do not trigger further protests.
“Among such policy actions is the freezing of the accounts of young Nigerians who reportedly sponsored the protests.
"While I admit that, under our extant laws, banks may freeze an account upon an ex parte order granted to a law enforcement agency by a court of competent jurisdiction for the purpose of an investigation, these provisions of our Law should not be used to intimidate Nigerian youth simply because they engaged in and promoted protests against the inactions of government."
Meanwhile, the CBN sought an ex parte order to freeze the account of 20 members of the EndSARS movement in what has been generating a whirlpool of reaction.
The reason for the action has now been unravelled as contained in a case with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1384/2020, filed before Justice A. R. Mohammed of Abuja Federal High Court.
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