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I am forced to talk about #EndSARS frozen accounts, court case

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Information and Culture MINISTER Alhaji Lai Muhammed yesterday declined to comment on the alleged freezing of accounts belonging to some alleged actors in the peaceful #EndSARS protests of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, saying he has been forced to comment on The issue. .

Alhaji Mohammed said he was not competent to comment on the matter due to the case against the alleged leaders pending in court.

When asked if the federal government was responsible for the measures taken against the #EndSARS protesters due to its role in the protest during the press conference at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, in the Presidential Village, Abuja, the Minister said that he could not speak on the issues due to the various investigative panels set up by state governments.

He said: “I am a bit limited in addressing this issue because I know that several states have established inquiry panels to look at all #EndSARS protests with very defined terms of reference.

“So any attempt on my part now to guess or try to defend or offer answers to any question, I think it would be inappropriate.

“I prefer to wait for the various panels that have been installed to do their job.”

Let us remember that a leader of the movement, Modupe Odele, was prevented from leaving the country and the Nigerian Immigration Service withheld her international passport.

This was followed by a court case against several protest leaders by an individual who was perceived as sponsored.

The criminal case was brought against 50 people, including musicians Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Davido, and Daystar Christian Center Senior Pastor Sam Adeyemi for their roles in the #EndSARS protests that took place across the country in October.

In the lawsuit filed in court, the plaintiff asks that the defendants who promoted the protests be brought to justice for allegedly destroying their property.

Other defendants featured in the lawsuit are musician Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, and social media comedians, affectionately referred to by Debo Adebayo as Mr. Macaroni and Maryam Akpaokagi, also known as Taoma.

Also included are Peter and Paul Okoye, Innocent Idibia aka TuFace, Bankole Wellington is popularly known as Banky W, Tiwa Savage, Michael Ajereh (Don Jazzy) and Yemi Alade.

Human rights activist Aisha Yesufu, former Super Eagles Star, Kanu Nwankwo, former Director General of the Office of Public Sector Reform, Dr. Joe Abah, Kiki Mordi, and actors Yul Edochie and Uche Jombo, Feyikemi Abudu, Olorunrinu Oduala, Pamilerin Adegoke, Japhet Omojuwa, Ayo Sogunro and Deji Adeyanju., Were also included in the lawsuit.

In his supporting affidavit, the plaintiff claimed that the defendants, using Twitter and the internet web source, played an active role in the #EndSARS protest which then turned violent and therefore committed a crime punishable under the Article 97 (2) of the Criminal Code Law, C53. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
No date has been set for the hearing of the lawsuit.

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