An arrowhead of the #EndSARS protests, Aisha Yesufu, says the government of president Muhammadu Buhari is pampering terrorists but tough on peaceful and harmless protesters.
Yesufu said this while responding to the freezing of the #EndSARS protesters’ by the Central Bank of Nigeria, noting that it is illegal.
She said the government “is behaving like a terrorist,” questioning the freezing of the accounts ahead of the court injunction ordering the banks to block the accounts.
She said, “The question is, why did they freeze the accounts before obtaining a court injunction? Why the illegality? Our judiciary should know that it is an independent arm of government and there is separation of power.
“The government should be ashamed of itself. The United Arab Emirates just convicted some Nigerians, who were accused of terrorism, and we are hearing that the government would appeal on their behalf. That is where the problem is.
“#EndSARS campaigners are protesters and they protested the way the Constitution allows, so all these are shenanigans. They had better focus on the terrorists.
“Bandits are laying down their arms and they are taking them to Government Houses, while Boko Haram members are being given preferential treatment, but Nigerians, who were protesting, were being killed by the government. The government is the one behaving like a terrorist right now.”
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY gathered that the Federal Government was able to freeze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS campaigners after telling the Federal High Court in Abuja that the funds in their accounts might have been linked to terrorist activities.
This was contained in the written address in support of a motion ex parte filed by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The CBN had last month frozen 20 accounts and thereafter approached the court to seek an ex parte order to freeze the accounts.
The 20 accounts frozen by the CBN are domiciled in Access Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Fidelity Bank, United Bank for Africa and Zenith Bank.
The accounts were reportedly marked after they received money with the narration #EndSARS.
One of the frozen accounts, marked 0056412470 and domiciled in Access Bank, belongs to Bolatito Olorunrinu Oduala, an #EndSARS campaigner, who was appointed into the Lagos State judicial panel set up by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.