CBN, NIS actions: #EndSARS promoters must face the law — Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, has said that those who allowed the recent #EndSARS protests across the country to degenerate into the destruction of lives and properties must account for their actions.

He stated this on Sunday while featuring on Channels Television’s programme, Sunday Politics.

Recall it was reported that the accounts of 20 #EndSARS champions were frozen Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), while another promoter of the movement, Modupe Odele, was prevented from travelling last week and had her passport seized by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

When asked whether President Buhari was aware of the action taken by the CBN and NIS, Shehu said the buck stops at the table of the President, noting that the protesters must face the law.

Shehu said, “This country has only one president and has only one constitution. President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible for his government. The buck stops on his table.

“We are a country governed by law. There is a constitution—under section 33—that clearly defines the rights of citizens to freely protest in a peaceful way but where a peaceful protest turns into riot, violence and looting, there is a law and order duty to be performed.

“Everyone witnessed the massive looting of public and private properties particularly in Lagos, Calabar, Plateau, Taraba and some other states, even the FCT.

“Now, the laws of the country must be allowed to decide, to rule on wrongdoing on the part of anybody.

“I am not particular about any celebrity or promoter but this country has been harmed enormously and people should be prepared to account for what they did.”

He further said that some politicians who promoted the #EndSARS demonstrations including those of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should “publicly denounce” the attendant destruction caused by the protest.

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