Nigerian Presidency said on Sunday that those who allowed the recent #EndSARS protests to degenerate into the destruction of lives and property in the country would be made to account for their actions.
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Malam Garba Shehu said this while answering questions on Channels Television’s programme, “Sunday Politics”.
He spoke against the backdrop of the legal moves by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to freeze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS champions.
In another development, a promoter of the movement, Modupe Odele, was prevented from travelling last week. Her passport was seized by the Nigeria Immigration Service.
Shehu said the protesters must face the law.
According to him, “This country has only one president and has only one constitution. President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible for his government. The buck stops on his table.
“We are a country governed by law. 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 witnessed the massive looting of public and private properties particularly in Lagos, Calabar, Plateau, Taraba, and some other states, even the FCT.
“Now, the laws of the country must be allowed to decide, to rule on wrongdoing on the part of anybody.
“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 said 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.