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News Update from Flliqqa November 4th 2020

Benjamin Ukpabi



News update from Flliqqa November 4th 2020

BREAKING NEWS contains, ASUU strike, Oyigbo massacre, NCC partners NBA for better service delivery, Governors to meet today over insecurity, defunct SARS, looting, and lots more.

1. Why sound business ethics is crucial to building a viable enterprise– OSINBAJO


The development and sustenance of viable enterprises is no longer dependent on the size of the corporation and related factors but sound ethical practices imbibed by all stakeholders, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. (News)

Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Tuesday at the virtual 2020 Conference of the Institute of Directors.

According to him, “The frequent clashes between conscience and wrongful behavior will eventually create a toxic work environment and destroy corporate objectives and visions. There is also enough history of how cutting corners and dishonesty ultimately bring down the whole enterprise. This we have seen in the facts behind the collapse of many Nigerian financial institutions from the nineties to the more recent occurrences in 2009. Yes, it took a while for the institutions to unravel but the point is made that on the long run, unethical practices are unsustainable. (News)

“Besides for quoted companies, the dangers of unethical behavior are much graver. Local and international investors have greater access to information and more options than ever before, the slightest whiff of scandal or malfeasance can destroy value built up over the years.

The local and especially the international examples of the collapse of companies thought to be too big to fail and brand names that had even once been associated with integrity and strong business ethics is a strong reminder of just how brittle edifices built on weak business ethics are. (News)

“Today, every company’s stakeholders are far more than investors, management, or employees. They now include customers, clients, trade partners, suppliers, media, the general public, government and now, the environment.”

The event featured presentations personalities including Prof. Marc Le Menestrel, a professor of Decision Sciences; Chairman of Governing Council, Institute of Directors, Chief Chris Okunowo; and Dele Alimi, DG/CEO, Institute of Directors. (News)

Below is the full text of the Vice President’s remarks:


I am honoured by your kind invitation to join you this morning at the 2020 Annual Directors’ Conference of the Institute. The Institute takes the credit for the development of Nigeria’s finest breed of business executives and directors in the fulfilment of their legal and personal responsibilities to the corporate entities they serve and of course, to Nigeria as a whole. (News)

I am particularly excited about the recent efforts of the Institute to standardize the practice of sound ethical values and lead by example with the introduction in August this year, of the IoD Code of Ethics 2020 for members and staff of the Institute. (News)

I, therefore, congratulate the President, Chief Chris Okunowo, who many of you know, is from the best schools in the World, Igbobi College, and the Faculty of Law University of Lagos, for steering the course of the institute towards global best practices. (I am offering no prizes for guessing that the two schools I mentioned are also the schools that I attended).

My brief remarks will centre around a question that has occupied my mind for many years and led to my co-founding the Convention on Business Integrity with my friend and brother Soji Apampa in 1997. (News)

2. End SARS: Details of Sanwo-Olu’s meeting with IG of Police on Tuesday revealed


The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday, paid a visit to the Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. (News)

The meeting took place at the State House in Marina.

Adamu decried the damage caused by hoodlums who hijacked the End SARS protests last month.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the IG of Police said he was in the state for an assessment of the police assets vandalized after the protest and to commiserate with residents.

In a statement entitled, ‘Sanwo-Olu Receives Police IG Over Coordinated Arson In Lagos’, Sanwo-Olu’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, said the Governor commiserated with Adamu over the mob attacks on police personnel and burning of their stations. (News)

“Sanwo-Olu intimated the IGP on the move by the state government to rebuild the razed police stations and offer scholarship awards to the children of the officers killed in the violence,” the statement read in part.

Akosile also quoted Adamu as saying, “Lagos was the epicentre where the End SARS protest took place and the number of destruction in the subsequent violence was more in Lagos than any other part. I came to commiserate with the Governor and people of the State. The destruction they suffered was uncalled for. (News)

“The second leg of my visit is to see the police stations destroyed and boost the morale of our men in Lagos. We don’t want them to be demoralised by the event in which they suffered personal attacks. Policemen are trained to take such pain. Now that the event has happened, it shouldn’t discourage us from performing our constitutional duties.”

3. Wike redeems N200m pledge to slain policemen, soldiers’ families


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has redeemed his pledge of N20m each to the 10 families of security personnel allegedly killed by IPOB members in the Oyigbo LGA.

Wike had last Wednesday during a condolence visit to the state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, announced the donation of N20m to each family of the four policemen and six soldiers killed by IPOB members.

The cheques were presented to the widows at the state police command and 6 Division, Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, respectively on Tuesday. (News)

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According to a statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Kelvin Ebirie, the governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogoa, described the murder of the security operatives as unacceptable.

“As a governor, who matches his words with action, he has sent us to come and redeem that promise and to present the cheques of N20m each to the widows of the four police officers killed by IPOB,” Danagogo stated.

Similarly, at the 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Wike said the state government would ensure that the criminal elements, who killed the soldiers, were arrested and prosecuted.

Earlier, some residents of the Oyigbo LGA had lamented that the curfew, which entered the 11th day, was causing hunger in the area. (News)

The residents also said the decomposing corpse of a man had yet to be evacuated after four days, noting that they had remained indoors without access to food and medicine.

A man, who spoke on condition of anonymity to our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday, decried the huge military presence in the area.

The Rivers State Security Council, on Tuesday, relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on the Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state following violent attacks and killings by members of proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra. (News)

The state Commissioner of Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said at the Government House, Port Harcourt, that the curfew would now take effect from 7pm to 6am beginning from Wednesday.

“The State Security Council met today and reviewed the situation in Oyigbo and has therefore decided to review the curfew. From tomorrow, Wednesday, November 4, 2020, the curfew will now be from 7pm to 6am until further notice,” he stated.

The commissioner enjoined residents of Oyigbo and members of the public to cooperate with the security agencies.

4. Don’t amend National Health Act, JOHESU tells N’Assembly


The Joint Health Sector Union has urged the National Assembly to disregard call to amend the National Health Act 2014.

JOHESU National Chairman, Bio Josiah, in a statement on Tuesday, the National Health Act 2014 does not need any form of amendment because need assessment confirmed it was not a tested or implemented Act of Parliament.

“The JOHESU has been inundated with the submission and move to amend the National Health Act 2014 championed by the Health Reforms Foundation of Nigeria, Health Sector Reform Coalition and legislative network for Universal Health Coverage.

“In its widely circulated originating memo on social media, the proponents of the amendment of National Health Act 2014 posited that currently, various sections of the Act are being implemented while some require further actions to drive implementation. These happenings have suggested the need for amendment and review of some provisions in the Act by many stakeholders. (News)

“The JOHESU/AHPA finds it necessary to invite patriots and other selfless stakeholders to gear up to fight the needed battle to sustain the originality of NH-2014 Act which is a good law waiting for an ameliorating balm of progressive and resourceful be BB be implementation in the best interest of our people who desire good and accessible health for all citizens of Nigeria,” the statement partly read.

5. ASUU tackles AAU visitation panel, says committee didn’t meet workers


The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Ambrose Alli University, has faulted the purported meeting of the seven-man panel set up by the state government with the stakeholders in the school when it visited few days ago.

A statement on Tuesday signed by the chairman and secretary of ASUU in the school, Dr Monday Igbfen and Dr Anthony Aizebioje-Coker, said all the stakeholders, including lecturers, students, faculty heads and others waited in their offices expecting the panel’s visit but it never happened.

They also expressed fears that the panel would not meet up with expectations if it fails to consult the necessary stakeholders.

The statement said, “The hope of workers, students and staff unions in the university to receive the members of the panel in a town hall meeting in the university was dashed as no formal invitation was extended to them for a meeting not to mention having the knowledge of the panel’s itinerary.

“It is therefore suspicious and misleading for the panel to claim to have met with the stakeholders in the university.”

A statement by the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie had in a statement few days ago quoted the Chairman of the Panel, Prof. I. K. Omoruyi, as saying that the visit of the panel to the institution was for the members of the panel to familiarise themselves with the school community and other stakeholders and solicit for cooperation of the people.

Omoruyi was quoted to have said, “The visitation panel is in the university campus to meet with the management team of the institution, so as to work together towards uplifting the university.”

6. NCC partners NBA for better service delivery – The Nation Nigeria News


To strengthen the copyright section of the Bar for the benefit of the creative industry, the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has renewed its partnership with members of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to provide legal assistance for copyright owners under its lawyers advocacy for the artiste (LAFTA).

Director-General of NCC, Mr. John O. Asein, disclosed this at a webinar training on “Exploring the Legal Framework of Copyright Protection in Nigeria” organised by the Abuja Branch of the NBA as part of its Abuja Inter-Agency Discussion Series 3 in collaboration with the commission.

Mr. Asein renewed the commission’s readiness to collaborate with individual lawyers, firms and the relevant sections of the NBA to raise copyright knowledge and equip Nigerian lawyers with the needed tools for the roles expected of them.

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“We realise the need to grow the Copyright Bar and promote active copyright practice as this would translate to better cases and ultimately ensure sound copyright jurisprudence”, he stated, adding that the draft Copyright Bill, when passed into law would help in this regards and provide the needed legislative framework to deal with digital and online copyright issues.

He assured that the commission would encourage the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism to more speedily address the peculiar needs of copyright disputes. (News)

The Director-General pointed out that “lawyers all over the world are key in the sustainable development of wholesome copyright systems. As professionals, they are best equipped to assist in promoting, protecting and enforcing the rights of creators”.

He, therefore, urged the lawyers to take more interest in providing adequate support for the growth of the creative sector. “The Nigerian creative sector holds a lot of promise as one of the leading contributors to the nation’s GDP and the NBA would be contributing significantly to the economic development of the country if its members partner with industry practitioners”, he stated.

He remarked that the number of lawyers taking interest in the subject of intellectual property, particularly copyright, has grown significantly in the last two decades but noted that a lot of work still needed to be done to grow the required skill sets and encourage more specialisation.

The Director-General noted that the country’s copyright sector offered great potentials as a rich and inexhaustible resource which, if properly utilised could generate wealth, provide employment and grow the nation’s non-oil sector of the economy.

Chairman NBA, Abuja Branch (the Unity Bar) and host of the event, Hauwa Evelyn Shekarau, had earlier expressed optimism that the training would be of immense benefit to participants and stakeholders.

While appreciating the commission for its efforts at repositioning the sector, she said topics covered at the training included: An Overview of the Framework of Protection and Enforcement of Copyright in Nigeria; Copyright Issues in the Digital Environment: Challenges and Prospects; and NCC Rights Management Initiatives: An Overview of the Copyright e-Registration System.

In his closing remarks, the Director-General, represented by the Director, Nigerian Copyright Academy (NCA), Mr. Michael Akpan, urged lawyers to take advantage of the commission’s copyright e-registration scheme by advising their clients to submit their works for registration. He expressed appreciation to the NBA executives and the participants for the success of the training.

He explained that the e-registration scheme was necessary to expand the database of authors and their works, which would be accessible to members of the public and facilitate a global platform for the exchange of vital information on Nigerian creative works.

He called on stakeholders to continue to support the commission’s regulatory and enforcement activities, adding that the growth of the copyright industry was dependent on effective collaboration with every sector in the creative sector, including lawyers.

“There is no way the NCC can succeed without active collaboration with stakeholders both in terms of sharing information on developments around them, supporting the commission in tangible ways and also advising on the best way to go. There will always be space for stakeholder participation in moulding the policies and programmes of the commission”, he stated.

Resource persons at the training were: Prof. Adewole Adedeji, Head, Department of International Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Dr. Kunle Ola, Senior Lecturer, Australian Catholic University and Mr. Michael Akpan.

The training sessions were moderated by Mr. Noah Snare, Chairman of NBA Abuja Inter-Agency Relations Committee and Eriobu-Aniede Onyekachi of the NBA and member of the same committee.

7. Governors to meet on Wednesday over security, defunct SARS, looting


The 36 state governors will on Wednesday meet to review the internal security situation in Nigeria and the status of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), whose activities led to the recent nationwide protests.

The Head, Media and Public Affairs, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the forum’s 21st teleconference would start by 2pm.

Bello-Barkindo said that the governors would also discuss issues arising from the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) palliatives launch cum distribution.

He said that the forum would also discuss the subsequent indiscriminate looting of various warehouses throughout the country, which resulted from the protests.

“As usual, the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, will remark on the most contemporary issues affecting the country since the last teleconference.

“In this regard, the Ekiti State governor will be addressing his colleagues on several issues including a feedback from the Villa on the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) counterpart funding as schools are beginning to reopen nationwide.”

He added that Fayemi would also address the governors on the 50th anniversary of AREWA which took place in Kaduna over the weekend.

Also on the agenda, according to Bello-Barkindo is the HORASIS meeting with president, an international think-tank group and investment promoter, which is a partnership between the NGF and HORASIS, a management consultants’ consortium.

The meeting is also expected to set up a strong Foreign Direct Investment initiative for the country, a webinar on privatisation to be jointly driven by the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NGF and the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission among others.

He noted that there would also be a presentation on the Digital Curriculum Initiative for Basic and secondary Education ingeniously tagged the e-Gamma solutions ltd, during the governors teleconference.

Bello-Barkindo added that there would also be updates on the States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability programme as well as from the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa Committee which liaises between the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID19 and the NGF

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8. Police brutality: man files N450m suit


An alleged survivor of police brutality Abduwahab Bello has filed three separate suits of N150 million each at the Federal High Court against the police.

Bello and two others, Ibrahim Babangida and Ibrahim Kampalala were allegedly beaten by the Divisional Police Officer of the Township Division on July 21 over alleged theft of chickens belonging to a retired police officer.

The Nation learnt that the torture led to the death of Kampalala and Babangida, while Bello survived with life-threatening injuries.

Bello filed the three separate suits – one for himself and two for his deceased friends , demanding for N150 million each as compensation.

In the suit filed by the applicant, N100 million each is for compensation against the respondents jointly and severally to be paid to the relations of Ibrahim Babangida (deceased), Ibrahim Kampalala (deceased) and himself (the survivor) who filed the suit, N50 million each is compensation as general damages.

Joined in the suits, instituted at the Federal High Court, Bauchi, on October 22, are the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Superintendent of Police Baba Ali, Sergeant Jibril Mohammed, Inspector-General of Police IGP Mohammed Adamu, Commissioner of Police Bauchi State Lawan Jimeta and the Police Service Commission (PSC).

Counsel to the applicant Muktar Usman said that the act of beating up the suspects while in custody by the DPO amounts to an infringement of their fundamental rights to the human dignity of persons as enshrined in section 34 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

He condemned the action of the DPO saying it is illegal and unlawful.

9. ‘NUT is only teachers’ union recognised in Niger’


NIGER State Government on Tuesday stated that it recognises the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) as the umbrella body for teachers in primary and secondary schools in the state.

This is against the backdrop of the agitations of some secondary school teachers to break away from the Union. Commissioner for Education, Hajia Hannatu Salihu made this known at a meeting with officials of the NUT over the 21-day ultimatum issued to the government.

The aggrieved teachers had written a letter of protest signed by 2,800 secondary school teachers notifying the government of their intention to withdraw from the NUT.

The teachers also asked the ministry of education to stop any deduction from their salaries as union dues.

Hajia Salihu while addressing the teachers advised that rather than creating a parallel union, all aggrieved members of the union should embrace dialogue to arrive at a common front for the good of the union.

“As far as the Niger State Government is concerned, it is only the NUT that is recognised – our position is backed by the relevant labour laws.”

10. Return to your posts, CSO urges policemen


A CIVIL Society Organisation (CSO) has appealed to officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to resume their respective duty posts in the interest of national security following the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests across the country.

Some personnel of the Force had been reluctant to return to work, citing low morale in the wake of killings of their colleagues, burning and looting of some police stations by hoodlums who hijacked the protests in some states.

The group condemned the gruesome killing of these officers and other security agents during the protests in some states by hoodlums.

Coordinator, Southwest Development Frontiers, Osabinu Olufemi at a press conference in Abuja, praised the response of the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, men of the Nigeria Police in quelling the crisis.

“We are not unaware of the extra-judicial activities and indiscriminate use of excessive force by men of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) which provoked a national outcry and snowballed into a national protest by youths. It was aimed at ensuring the disbandment of the unit that has become a law into itself in society.

“We condemn in totality the killing of policemen, burning down of over 200 police stations across the country, carting away of their firearms, burning of Police vehicles & vandalism of facilities that provides employment opportunities for the erring unemployed youths who threw caution into the winds by going on the rampage.”

“Government should ensure a total reformation of the Police sector; begin the immediate renovation of their barracks, provision of better welfare package for them by the Inspector General of Police.”

He said the government must ensure that the various panels of inquiry set up by various states, be given access to investigate the root causes of what led to the unexpected violence that ought to have been prevented from snowballing out of proportion.

11. Explosion rocks OML 40 managed by NNPC partners, storage vessel damaged


The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) has reported an explosion at a production facility in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 40.

NPDC is an upstream subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The affected facility is managed by NNPC partners, Elcrest Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited.

The incident occured during evacuation at Gbetiokun Early Production facility.

NNPC spokesman, Kennie Obateru, stated that there were no fatalities, injuries or significant spill after the blast.

“There was, however, significant damage to the marine storage vessel, MT Harcourt, which will impact production by about 10,000 barrels of oil per day”, he said in a statement Tuesday night.

NNPC has commenced investigation to ascertain the cause of the incident.

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Insecurity: Reps Ask Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency

Wisdom Nwachukwu



WORRIED by the worsening security situation in the country, the House of Representatives on Tuesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency on insecurity to effectively curb the ugly development.

The Speaker, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed this while reading the resolutions approved after a fourhour executive session held on the floor of the Green Chamber, during which lawmakers condemned attacks on security agents and formations across the country.

To this end, the House resolved to invite the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Mongunu; the service chiefs and other heads of various paramilitary agencies to appear before it and brief the members on the security situation in the country.

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The House also mandated all its security committees to immediately commence comprehensive audit of all military and paramilitary assets and arms in the Armed Services and revert back to the House within four weeks.

Gbajabiamila, who read the resolution, said: “The House reiterates its commitment to the security and corporate existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and would, therefore, accelerate its engagement with stakeholders on a special security summit to be organised by the House of Representatives.

“The House should urgently invite the NSA, service chiefs, and paramilitary chiefs, Controller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service and the Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT to brief the House on the security situation in the country.

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“Considering the security situation, the President should immediately declare a state of emergency on insecurity so as to fast track all measures to ensure the restoration of peace in the country.

“Call on the judiciary to accelerate the prosecution of those awaiting trial due to banditry, terrorism and other criminal activities.

“Provide emergency relief to all communities that have been adversely affected by recent attacks across the country.

“The President should as a matter of urgency, ensure financial autonomy to Local Government Councils to guarantee their functionality to serve the local populace.

“The Federal Government should ensure the protection of National Infrastructure assets, particularly the  Shiroro and Kainji Dams in Niger State. 

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“The House mandated all its Security Committees to immediately commence comprehensive audit of all military and paramilitary assets and arms in our Armed Services and revert back to the House within four weeks.

“That the number of personnel in the Police and Military falls far short of the required number to effectively secure the country and calls for immediate recruitment to this effect,” the resolution read.

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Buhari Is Helping Fulanis Take Over, There Is No Govt in Nigeria – Governor Ortom

Wisdom Nwachukwu



Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of working for Fulanis. He said the country has no government following incessant killings by bandits and Fulani herdsmen in his state.

He lamented that over 70 people have been murdered in two weeks in Makurdi Local Government Area. Ortom spoke to protesters on Tuesday at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Abagena village. Suspected herdsmen, Monday night, killed citizens and wounded many others. “What is happening now, to me, is very clear; Mr President is just working for these Fulanis to take over the whole country.”

He said Buhari’s body language is what is being played out and that the action and inaction of Mr President “shows that he is only the President of Fulani people”. Ortom decried that attackers regularly send indigenes away from their homes, yet go to kill them where they take refuge.

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Ortom called them “Fulani herdsmen”, stressing that They are not bandits. They are Fulanis. We saw and heard them speak the language.” The Benue helmsman stated that the federal authorities have been dragging foot on the matter.

“If the federal government had taken a proactive step, we will not be where we are. In the last two weeks, over 70 persons have been killed just in Makurdi Local Government Area alone.”

Noting that the situation is not acceptable, Ortom said similar killings were going on in Guma and Gwer-West. Ortom recalled he alerted Nigerians when Fulanis from 14 countries met in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

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He said they declared that except the prohibition of open grazing law was reviewed, “Benue will not know peace.” The governor wondered why the federal government was yet to arrest the leaders of Miyetti Allah that hosted the meeting. “It means we don’t have a government”, he declared.

“Mr President must do the needful and I want to suggest that immediately, let there be a security summit. I am aware that the situation is prevalent in other parts of the country.”
On Monday, the police command in Benue State also confirmed the kidnap of three students of the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi.

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Freeze Pantami’s Accounts – Rinu Oduala Urges CBN

Wisdom Nwachukwu



An #EndSARS campaigner, Rinu Oduala, has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to freeze the bank accounts of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, over his past controversial comments supporting the activities of terrorist groups including Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

Pantami had since renounced his radical pro-terrorists comments, saying he now knows better but Nigerians have been unsparing and relentless in the call for the resignation or sacking of the minister.

Oduala, who tweeted via @SavvyRinu on Thursday, urged the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele to freeze Pantami’s accounts just as the apex bank swiftly froze the accounts of at least 20 #EndSARS promoters last year over terrorism-related allegations.

“Godwin Emefiele, when are you going to freeze the bank accounts of Isa Pantami?”

The PUNCH had reported that the apex bank through an ex parte order froze the accounts of Oduala and 19 other persons who played a role in the October 2020 #EndSARS protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings.

The CBN had said the accounts were frozen because of the nature of the investigation which was terrorism-related but after about three months, a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the apex bank to unfreeze the accounts of the 20 #EndSARS protesters.

Oduala, a leading voice during the #EndSARS protests last year, had pulled out of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing alleged killing of protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate. She had faulted the decision of the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel to reopen the toll gate when justice hasn’t been served to the victims of the October 20, 2020 Lekki shootings.

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