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Group asks FG, CBN, others to stop prosecuting ENDSARS promoters

A pro-democracy and human rights group,Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders Foundation (HURIDE), has urged the Federal Government and its relevant agencoes to stop harassment of ENDSARS promotoers forthwith.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor was said to have frozen and freezed the accounts of the alleged sponsors and promoters of the recent protest.

It was also learnt that the Police authorities have been arresting and charging to court those said to have been behind the the protest.

HURIDE, who condemned the government action, called for the immediate sack of the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and the Inspector-General of Poliice (IG), Muhammed Idris over alleged unprofessional disposition against the Nigerian citizens. 

In a statement signed by the chairman, Board of Trustees of  HURIDE, Dede Uzor A Uzor in FCT Abuja weekend, said the secret arrest of the protesters and freezing of their individual accounts were clear violation of their fundamental rights and attempts to limit free speech which is an inherent right of   citizens in a democratic environment.

They noted that the account of these people were frozen without their knowledge, almost two weeks before CBN got purported court order to effect the criminal freezing of their individual accounts. 

The group also querried the wisdom and power  of the court to freeze their accounts for six months without even hearing from them to ensure fair hearing, accusing the judiciary of helping the current despotic regime to sustain despotism  and impunities in the highest order. 

"We most despicably condemn the atrocious and obnoxious freezing of the account of the protesters and their unwarranted arrest and prosecution of the defenceless Nigerians without justifiable reasons. 

It is illegal, unconstitutional and a breach of trust on the part of CBN to champion the freeze of the account of citizens who were merely exercising their freedom of expression before government glaringly introduced violence that triggered off the hijack of the protest by miscreants" who unleashed terror with catastrophic human destruction,said the group.

"They should concentrate on arresting agents of government who introduced violence into the protest and the hoodlums who infiltrated the protesters and hijacked the protest with monumental lost of lives  and properties" said the group.

HURIDE said it would amount to miscarriage of justice for the government to try to muscle the young Nigerrians who want to achieve positive change for their country, noting that this government and indeed All Progressives Congress (APC) can never stay in power forever and if they block the opportunity to better the country it will sooner or later haunt them.

The group said the preoccupation of this government should be how to meet the demands of Nigerrian youths to avoid a repeat of the protest which could  be catastrophic.

" The Muhammad Buhari led Federal Government should arrest those soldiers who killed innocent and defenceless and unarmed Nigerians youths at Lekki toll gates,those who burnt cars in Abuja and those who were behind the counter  protest that was peaceful" HURIDE warned.

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