Nigeria’s Presidency, Sunday said the country is governed by law, and those found wanting, during the nationwide ENDSARS protests “will be made to pay”.
The Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu made the assertions when asked about the frozen accounts of some of the protesters of ENDSARS and the likely outcome of the the Central Bank of Nigeria’s court injunction.
Nigeria’s central bank froze the accounts of 20 people linked with anti-police brutality protests after receiving a court order.
Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu during an interview on Channels Television show, POLITICS TODAY, monitored by NewsWireNGR said, “but where a peaceful protest turns into riot, and violence and looting, – there is law and order and a duty to be performed”.
He blamed leading politicians in the country and said, 200 million Nigerians will want to know the persons that backed the protest leading to the destruction of properties from Lagos to Calabar, Abuja, Taraba and Plateau.
He however continued, “the laws of the country must be allowed to rule on wrongdoing on the part of just anybody, i’m not particular about any celebrity” – Mr Shehu added that, “the people should be prepared for what they did”:
He said, “this country has only one President and one constitution and President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible for his government and the buck stops on his table”.
Mr Shehu noted that, the “country has been harmed enormously and the people must be made to account for it”.
He accused members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, – they must “come out” to denounce the havoc created by looters during the ENDSARS Protest the same way they supported the protest.
A federal high court in Abuja had during the week, granted the request of the Central Bank of Nigeria to freeze the accounts of 19 individuals and a public affairs company linked to the #EndSARS protests.
The request, granted by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, was filed by the CBN on October 20.
Some of the affected individuals include Bolatito Racheal Oduala, Chima David Ibebunjoh, Mary Doose Kpengwa, Saadat Temitope Bibi, Bassey Victor Israel, Wisdom Busaosowo Obi, Nicholas Ikhalea Osazele, Ebere Idibie, Akintomide Lanre Yusuf, Uhuo Ezenwanyi Promise and Mosopefoluwa Odeseye.
Others are: Adegoke Pamilerin Yusif. Umoh Grace Ekanem, Babatunde Victor Segun, Mulu Louis Teghenan, Mary Oshifowora, Winifred Akpevweoghene Jacob, Victor Solomon, Idunu A. Williams, and Gatefield Nigeria Limited.
The court order, addressed to the head offices of Access Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank, United Bank of Africa, and Zenith Bank, directed the banks to freeze forthwith all transactions on the 20 accounts on the list annexed to the CBN’s application as Exhibit A and all other bank accounts of the defendants/respondents for a period of 180 days pending the outcome of investigation and inquiry currently being conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Thousands of Nigerians marched in Lagos and other cities to demand an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, a police unit accused of extrajudicial killings and abuses.
The government announced the unit had been disbanded, but many Nigerians are skeptical, as officials have promised an end to the unit and its alleged abuses before.
But the protest was then hijacked by hoodlums who looted both public and private properties across the country.