Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), has asked #EndSARS frontliners whose bank accounts were frozen by the Central Bank of Nigeria to challenge the action in a competent court of law.
Onigbanjo said this while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme and further stated that the Lagos state government has no hand in the act.
The Lagos State Attorney General who averred that only the federal government has answers on why the bank accounts were frozen, also appealed to the two youth representatives in the state’s Panel of Judicial Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate to return to the panel so as to enable victims of police brutality and the Lekki shootings get justice.
“The representatives of the youths on the panel who were affected by the CBN decision to freeze these accounts should bear two things in mind;
“One is that by the panel not forming quorum means that all the victims of SARS abuses in Lagos which they have been clamouring for will not get the compensation which they seek and which the state government thinks they deserve.
“All those affected cannot get their compensation for no fault of theirs because the panel members have some legal issues with the CBN.
“This problem is not the state’s making; the state has no control over the CBN. The state is interested in ensuring that people who suffered abuses in Lagos State ventilate and get the compensation which the panel will award to them.
“Also, very crucial and critical, there have been so many allegations about what happened at the Lekki toll gate on the 20th of October this year. Again, that very crucial investigation will not be able to go on because of this quorum issue.
“I would be urging the affected panel member and the other youth representative to resume their seats at the panel.
“The CBN got a court order against their accounts and I believe that decision can be challenged on its own. They can go to court and challenge the decision of the CBN and at the same time, let the panel continue the work which impacts on the lives of so many people in Lagos State and which also touches on what happened at the Lekki toll gate.”