EndSARS PROTESTS: It’s unfair CBN froze my account, says Lagos panel member


One of the arrowheads of the # EndSARS protests, Oluwarinu Oduala , has described the recent clampdown by the Federal Government on # EndSARS campaigners as an unfair practice in a democracy .

Oduala , who is a member of the Lagos State Panel of Judicial Inquiry probing cases of police brutality and the alleged shooting of # EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate, said the recent action of the Central Bank of Nigeria was a betrayal of the supposed peace – making efforts of the government .

The reports had earlier reported that the apex bank obtained a court order to freeze Oduala ’ s account and those of 19 others till January 2021.

Tweeting on Monday night , the youth activist said though the government agreed that it was important to reform the Nigeria Police Force , it has refused to honour its promises and now targets the people who spoke up.

She wrote, “ How do you expect me as a part of the future of this country to still believe in a country who thinks they can through CBN freeze my account for no just cause ?

This is not fair .

“ I am not afraid — I am only disappointed that this country will treat us this way.

We are the soul of this nation and no nation exists without her people . ”

Oduala said the funds in the frozen account included her personal money as well as donations from people who believed in the # EndSARS movement .

“ The funds in question here also includes some of my personal hard- earned money of over N 200 , 000 naira .

These funds were earmarked for disbursement towards the medical bills of injured protesters , ” she explained.

The activist said she took up the role of youth representative in the Lagos panel at the expense of her “ education , personal life and family ” but the government disappointed her by clamping down on herself and others.

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She stated , “ I did this to make peace . I did to ensure our young people understood that the only way to create a better and safer Nigeria is to do things lawfully .

Why am I still being targeted for lending the government my goodwill?”

Oduala and her colleague , Temitope Majekodunmi, had boycotted the Saturday sitting of the panel in protest against the CBN action .

The chairman of the panel , retired Justice Doris Okuwobi , had suspended the sitting as it could not form a quorum in the absence of the two youth representatives .

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