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A close associate of Nigeria’s President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress, Buba Galadima, has urged the President to order ‘his people’ to unfreeze the bank accounts of #EndSARS campaigners who were clamped down in the aftermath of the nationwide demonstrations against police brutality. Galadima who spoke on Monday while featuring on Arise TV’s The Morning Show programme said that the clampdown on #EndSARS campaigners by the Buhari regime is unconstitutional.
He said, ‘What the government has done is not right. It has no such right or powers to block bonafide Nigerians from travelling out of the country or from accessing their (bank) accounts. Blocked for what? What have they done?’
‘These young men were peacefully protesting the actions, omissions or commissions of government. Why do you, after you persuaded them or after agents of government allegedly attacked or killed them, follow this draconian disposition of blocking their accounts? That is not constitutional.’
‘I’m sending this message to Mr President whether he knows or he doesn’t know, let him be shown what I am saying. His people have no right to do what they are doing. Please, they should desist and unblock the accounts of these young people and allow them to carry on with their normal activities as Nigerians. You cannot harass them, we are in a democracy, we are not in a military regime.’
The police had arrested some persons involved in the protest including Eromosele Adene, who was arrested in Ikeja, Lagos, last week and transferred to Force Headquarters in Abuja. A court document which emerged online on monday shows that he will be formally charged to court by police anytime this week.
One of the #EndSARS crusaders, Modupe Odele, was also prevented from travelling out of the country and his international passport seized by the Nigeria Immigration Service. Amnesty International and other rights groups have, however, criticized the Federal Government’s action.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK