Rights activist, Mike Ozekhome(SAN) has stated by arresting, prosecuting and freezing the financial institution accounts of #EndSARS protesters, the Federal Authorities was defeating the aim of organising states’ panels of inquiry into the youths’ protests that swept throughout the nation.
Ozekhome stated by taking such steps, the federal government had pronounced #EndSARS youths responsible even earlier than the panels made their findings.
Within the wake of the #EndSARS protests, via which youths requested for reforms, together with higher welfare for policemen, safety brokers went after the peaceable protests’ promoters, with some saying their financial institution accounts have been blocked by the Central Financial institution of Nigeria, CBN.
Whereas justifying what the federal government did, on Channels TV programme, Politics As we speak, Sunday, Senior Particular Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, stated those that promoted the protests and allowed it degenerate into chaos have to be made to face the total wrath of the regulation.
Shehu added that the nation had been harmed by the #EndSARS protests.
His phrases: “Everybody witnessed the large looting of private and non-private properties, significantly in Lagos, Calabar, Plateau, Taraba and another states, even the FCT.
“Now, the legal guidelines of the nation have to be allowed to determine, to rule on wrongdoing on the a part of simply anyone.
“I’m not explicit about any celeb or promoter, however this nation has been harmed enormously and folks must be ready to account for what they did.”
Ozekhome’s questions for FG
Nonetheless, faulting the Federal Authorities’s strikes to prosecute the promoters of the #EndSARS protests, Ozekhome stated if the federal government had nothing to cover, it will enable the assorted panels of inquiries end their work and current their findings for dialogue on the nationwide degree.
Ozekhome stated: “If the federal government on the centre is taking this sort of choice, what occurs to the assorted panels and commissions arrange by state governments?
“What would be the consequence of the findings of these commissions of inquiries? Will the federal government not be unduly interfering with the actions of these panels by clearly working from the reply to the query?
“Will these panels not be readily duty-bound to agree with the place of the Federal Authorities in a rustic the place all governors defer to the President like in a monarchy?
“These are a few of the questions that state governments must ask earlier than taking additional steps.
“If it has nothing to cover, the Federal Authorities ought to make haste slowly and permit the assorted states to do their work as a result of we’re working a federal system of presidency.
“On the finish of the assorted panel sittings, when the governors meet at their state council conferences, they will then current the discovering and focus on the difficulty on the nationwide degree.
“But when the federal government begins to take proactive steps akin to blocking the account of the protest sponsors, arresting the protesters and arraigning them, then the federal government has already pronounced them responsible even earlier than the panels make their findings,” Mike Ozekhome added.