The Nigerian Bar Association said on Wednesday that blocking the accounts of # EndSARS protesters on the pretext that they were terrorism suspects showed that the Federal Government was insincere .
Speaking for the body of lawyers in an interview with The PUNCH, the Publicity Secretary of the association , Dr Raps Nduka , maintained that the # EndSARS protests were lawful and the demands of the campaigners genuine .
He added that the action of the Federal Government through the CBN in blocking the accounts of the promoters of the movement showed that the government was insincere with its promise to address their demands .
Nduka said , “ The timing looks very suspicious . The protests are lawful and the demands of the protesters and the concerns they expressed are genuine.
“ What has happened shows that the protesters were right to insist that they were not going to leave the streets because over time, the government would promise something and do the opposite . This action of the CBN lends credence to the position taken by the youth .
“ Even if the government is right , who will believe it at this time? The government makes it look like it is trying to silence people from talking about the ills of the society. Why does the government appear to be doing that ?
“ It tells us that the government may not be doing anything to ensure that the complaints are being addressed. It also tells us that that their original claims that they were standing with the youth were pretences . You cannot be standing with them and freeze their accounts. It does not work that way .
“ Let us assume that the allegations are true, what happens to discrete investigation? Why should they block the accounts of persons because you are investigating them ? Why don ’ t they be on the trail of the money going into the accounts , assuming the allegations are true ?