Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu of has defended the freezing of Bank accounts belonging to #EndSARS promoters and believes the action is not a conclusion the accounts were used to sponsor acts of treason.
While speaking on a Channels TV show, the Governor who doubles as the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum said: “Speaking very honestly, I don’t see anything wrong in it.”
During the TV Show on on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, Arakunrin Akeredolu said: “If for instance, my account was frozen, what would I do? All I would do is go back to court to explain. Even politicians, their accounts are sometimes frozen. You have to go to court and explain. And at the end of the day, the court will say, ‘Leave the account. The account should be de-frozen’ and you take your money back.”
Although some social commentators and members of the public have described the action of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as an abuse of power, the former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) said the protesters must explain the flow of funds into their accounts; noting that: “If your account is frozen, you justify why the money was there. You come to explain to what use you have put this money.”
“If it is that ‘Okay, we used this money to pay this caterer to give food to these boys when they were there. We spent money between before the hoodlums took over,’ it will be explained, people will know and the accounts will be de-frozen.”