The recent move to freeze of accounts of peaceful #ENDSARS protesters, has been described as unnecessarily vindictive.
This was stated by the Ohaneze Ndigbo, while warning that if not properly managed, the clampdown on protesters could lead to another protest in the country.
A statement released by the Acting Secretary-General of the group, Prince Uche Achi-Ogbaga, and media adviser to the President-General, Nnia Nwodo, Emeka Attamah, the group said the protest was a legitimate weapon of complaint in a democracy.
“The right to protest any perceived negative action of government or organisation is upheld in the constitution of the country.
“In fact, President Buhari himself led many protests against former President Jonathan.
“The #EndSARS protest was peaceful and legitimate until some hoodlums were sent to disrupt and make it violent. So, freezing the accounts of the alleged leaders of the protest is high-handed, ill-advised and unnecessarily vindictive.
“Moreover, it has the capacity of triggering off another wave of protest, the end of which nobody can fathom,” the statement reads partly.
The group went on to demand for the release of five of the frozen accounts immediately, while asking the government to go after individuals sponsoring Boko Haram and other insurgent groups in the country.