CBN Blames DSS for Freezing #EndSARS’ Promoters Bank Accounts
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has claimed that it received orders from the Department of State Services (DSS) to slam an embargo on the bank accounts of some leading supporters of the #EndSARS protests, Vanguard quoted The Will to have reported.
The security service was also said to have directed the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, to stop several promoters of the protests from leaving or entering the country based on intelligence information that they were being used with or without their knowledge by both international and local conspirators to forcefully remove President Muhammadu Buhari from office.
The daily quoted multiple sources to have said the DSS Director-General, Yusuf Magaji, who had been covertly monitoring the #EndSARS protests, advised the presidency to immediately accede to the demands of the protesters because it got real-time intelligence that some unidentified persons had infiltrated them and wanted to use the protests to instigate the removal of the president from office.
It was further gathered that in the heat of the riots and tension that rocked the country, the DSS invoked national security concerns and asked the CBN to freeze the bank accounts linked to some promoters of the protests because it believed they were being used to funnel cash to keep the protests going in order to sabotage the federal government.
The DSS, according to the quoted sources, also directed the Immigration Service to prevent some persons linked to the protests from leaving or entering the country without clearance from the agency as part of its investigations. The directives as expected have been greeted with uproar by Nigeria’s often restive youths, who make up the bulk of the #EndSARS protest.
“The freezing of the bank accounts of some persons with ties to the EndSARS movement and their inability to travel is beyond the CBN and NIS. They were given direct orders by the Presidency in the name of national security and they must comply with such others.
The DSS has not issued any statement on the issue as of the time this story was published.
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