The Presidency has stated that those who allowed the recent #EndSARS protests to be mislead into destruction of lives and properties in the country must go into a penalty for it.
Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, said this on Sunday while featuring on live Channels Television’s programme, Sunday Politics.
Newsmen had reported that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) froze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS champions meanwhile another promoter of the movement, know as “Modupe Odele”, wasn’t allowed to travel last week and had her passport seized by the Nigeria Immigration Service.
When asked whether his principal was aware of the development, Shehu replied by saying, the protesters must face the law.
He also said, “This country has just one president and has only one constitution. President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible for his government. The buck stops on his table.
“We’re a country governed by laws. 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 had witnessed on the massive looting of public and private properties mostly in Lagos, Calabar, Plateau, Taraba and some other states, even the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
“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 added that some politicians who promoted the #EndSARS demonstrations including those of the Peoples Democratic Party should “publicly denounce” the attendant destruction caused by the protest.