Mr. Olumide Akpata, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has condemned the federal government for clamping down on youths who allegedly promoted the #EndSARS protest.
In a post on Facebook, Akpata described as unfortunate the hounding of #EndSARS promoters by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The NBA President wrote, “With all that’s going on in the aftermath of the #ENDSARS protests, Lawyers are definitely not smiling! @djswitch_ has gone into hiding after receiving threatening phone calls, Moe Odele’s passport was seized and she has been prevented from travelling outside the country and Rinu Oduala and many others have had their accounts frozen by the CBN…this was not the deal.”
This online news platform had reported earlier that the CBN request was granted by a Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. The request which was filed before the court on October 20 was granted by Justice Ahmed Mohammed.
According to reports, some Nigerian banks were directed to freeze 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 the investigation and inquiry currently being conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
#EndSARS promoters affected by the order include Oluwarinu Rachael Oduala, Wisdom Busaosowo Obi, Nicholas Ikhalea Osazele, Ebere Idibie, Akintomide Lanre Yusuf, Uhuo Ezenwanyi Promise, Bolatito Racheal Oduala, Chima David Ibebunjoh, Mary Doose Kpengwa, Saadat Temitope Bibire, Bassey Victor Israel, and Mosopefoluwa Odeseye.
Others are; Babatunde Victor Segun, Mulu Louis Teghenan, Mary Oshifowora, Winifred Akpevweoghene Jacob, Victor Solomon, Idunu A. Williams, Adegoke Pamilerin, Umoh Grace Ekanem, and Gatefield Nigeria Limited.
#EndSARS promoter, Modupe Odele, also had her passport seized by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).