• CBN places ‘publish no debit’ limit on pharmacist’s account
• Lawyer accuses Nigeria Immigration Service of preventing her trip abroad
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Eniola Akinkuotu and Adelani Adepegba
There have been strong indicators on Tuesday that the Federal Government had begun a clampdown on promoters of #EndSARS protests by freezing their financial institution accounts.
Some #EndSARS promoters, who spoke one by one to The PUNCH, said their banks informed them that the Central Bank of Nigeria had directed that their accounts ought to be frozen.
Last months, youths calling for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police protested for two weeks in foremost cities of the us of a.
On Tuesday, a few promoters of the protests stated their accounts were frozen for the beyond two weeks.
The CBN, in keeping with multiple court cases obtained through The PUNCH, reportedly advised banks to area a ‘Post No Debit’ restrict at the accounts.
The banks, it became learnt, have been able to put in force the directive by means of tracking the ‘narration’ of transactions.
Bank transactions that included the narration #EndSARS or End SARS have been without delay flagged while such debts receiving budget have been frozen.
Speaking to The PUNCH, a pharmacist, Bassey Israel, who become in rate of the #EndSARS scientific team in Port Harcourt, stated his account with Access Bank marked 003397XXXX had remained frozen considering that October 15.
According to him, whilst he learnt of the improvement, he went to the financial institution to discover the motive for it. Israel said he became knowledgeable by a bank officer that the directive came from the apex bank.
He stated, “I am in rate of End SARS scientific crew in Port Harcourt and we had people donating for clinical materials, food, water, ambulance services and these donations were made at once into my account and of course these donations had End SARS descriptions so I assume that became how they were capable of flag my account. I observed that on October 15, I become looking to make a debit transaction on my account and observed that there was a restrict.
“So, I referred to as the bank and I become told that there has been indeed a restriction but I need to visit any department close to me and once I did so, the department manager despatched a mail to the department wherein I opened the account. The response to the mail became that there has been a directive from the CBN to restriction the account.
“The girl turned into amazed and even requested me if I had any difficulty with the CBN and I answered that if I had any trouble with the CBN, I wouldn’t be inside the bank inside the first region, I might be at the run. I requested what might be completed and she gave me no answer. She had to display me the mail on her pc which I read. It turned into without delay from the CBN and it read, ‘Place this account on PND.”
When asked if others had similar problems, Israel said, “I understand many people that have this same mission.”
Israel said the money inside the frozen account become a tremendous sum.
Another #EndSARS protester told one among our correspondents that she had now not been capable of get entry to her account and had been knowledgeable that it was frozen.
She, but, wished to stay nameless for worry of being victimised through the government.
One of the promoters of the #EndSARS motion, Feyikemi Abudu, also showed in a tweet that the money owed of several persons involved inside the protests had been frozen.
The performing Spokesman for the CBN, Abdulmumin Isa, who become first contacted final week on the telephone, requested the correspondent to present him a while.
However, after one week of waiting, Isa had yet to provide any statistics on the problem.
The Spokesman for Access Bank, Abdul Imoyo, stated he could not make comments on man or woman accounts of customers for confidentiality reasons.
Although the NIS officers did not reveal the cause for their action, it’s far believed that the motion was taken due to her alleged role within the #EndSARS protests.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Immigration Service on Monday averted a promoter of the #EndSARS movement, Modupe Odele, from travelling.
Odele, had thru her Twitter take care of, @Mochievous, mobilised her 219,000 fans for the duration of the protests.
She had also ensured that loose felony useful resource became given to people who had been unjustly arrested throughout the demonstrations.
Confirming the improvement in a publication despatched out on Monday, the lawyer said she changed into on her manner to the Maldives to have a good time her birthday whilst she become accosted by way of immigration officers.
She wrote, “For my birthday, I had deliberate a experience to the Maldives. It changed into genuinely for a spoil as the activities of the remaining 3 weeks have exhausted my thoughts and frame in a manner I have in no way been exhausted in my lifestyles.
“I went to the airport, handed through immigration, and at the same time as I changed into placing my luggage through the body and luggage scanner, the immigration officer who had formerly cleared me, called me returned. He advised me he had orders from above to detain me.
“Okay, at this point I’m like excuse me, my flight is in an hour. On what grounds are you detaining me?” He didn’t reply. Instead, he is going to his laptop in which he typed in my call, and some thing that gave the look of a ‘desired poster’ popped up on the portal.
“He blocked my view so I couldn’t see most of it however I saw a number of it. And it read some thing like – ‘This individual is beneath research through XYZ Intelligence Agency. If visible, they should be apprehended on sight.’”
Odele said she changed into detained whilst her passport became seized by means of the officers and she or he turned into made to overlook her flight.
The Spokesman for the NIS, Sunday James, said he did now not have any facts on the problem however promised to discover.
There were reviews that the Federal Government had all started going after notable individuals in the #EndSARS protests and had located some of them on a ‘no fly list.’
However, the Federal Ministry of Interior denied the allegation, announcing it did not generate any ‘no fly listing.”
Buhari displaying developments of a dictator – #EndSARS protesters
Reacting to the stated freezing of financial institution money owed belonging to supporters of the campaign, the #EndSARS protesters said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), turned into simply displaying the developments of a dictator.
A member of the group, Dayo Ariyo-Atoye, in an interview with The PUNCH, stated it turned into unfortunate that Buhari’s regime could take extrajudicial measures to curtail the #EndSARS campaign.
He said, “What we’ve visible is worrisome and definitely condemnable and unlucky. It is not impossible that this government can take an unlawful degree to curtail the #EndSARS marketing campaign, mainly now that the northern irredentists are calling for a crackdown on social media and unfastened speech.
“So, it isn’t always surprising that this government can do it. As a army head of state, General Buhari did it. As a civilian, he is also displaying the identical tendencies of army dictatorship.”
On what the #EndSARS movement would do, Ariyo-Atoye said his organization would request overseas governments to repatriate the households of all government officials living abroad.
“If the government has compiled names of protesters to prevent them from leaving the country in violation in their rights, we may additionally compile the names in their own family individuals in foreign nations and seek visa ban for the leaders. We might write to the overseas governments to repatriate their family individuals dwelling abroad,” he stated.