The Federal government has frozen the bank accounts of Nigerians who promoted the #EndSARS protests.
Nigerians took to the streets on October 8 to demand an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the Nigeria police (SARS) and an end to police brutality.
The protest took a different turn when it was hijacked by paid thugs and later on hoodlums. On October 20, security operatives stormed the Lekki tollgate plaza and opened fire on peaceful protesters.
Two weeks after the protests, there are allegations that the Federal government has begun a clampdown on persons who promoted the protest via any means.
According to a report by Punch, some #EndSARS promoters reported that their banks informed them that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed that their accounts be frozen. The apex bank reportedly instructed banks to place a “Post No Debit” restriction on the accounts.
Nigerian pharmacist, Bassey Israel, who was in charge of the #EndSARS medical team in Port Harcourt, reportedly said his account with Access Bank marked 003397XXXX has been frozen since October 15.
When asked if others had similar problems, Israel said,
“I know many persons that have this same challenge.”
Another #EndSARS protester who spoke on condition of anonymity, also alleged that she had not been able to access her account and had been informed that it was frozen.
The CBN is yet to confirm or deny this allegation.
On Sunday, Modupe Odele, an #EndSARS advocate, narrated how she was stopped from travelling out of the country by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS). The lawyer said she was detained and her passport was seized.
The Ministry of Interior, however, denied the allegation that it is compiling the names of #EndSARS protesters on a no-fly list.