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CBN Advised To Freeze Pantami’s Bank Accout Over Terrorism Link As Wike Calls For Minister’s Immediate Sack

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Olorunrinu Oduala aka Rinu, a leading voice during the #EndSARS protest, has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to freeze the account of Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

Rinu’s request followed controversies over Pantami’s past controversial comments supporting the activities of terrorist groups including Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Pantami had since renounced his radical pro-terrorists comments but Nigerians insist he must resign from public office.

Rinu joined the bandwagon on Thursday and asked the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, when Isa Pantami’s bank accounts will be frozen just as the apex bank froze the accounts of #EndSARS promoters last year over terrorism-related allegations.

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

20 frontline #EndSars protester had their bank accounts frozen by the CBN for their 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.

A Federal High Court, however, later ruled that the bank accounts of the 20 frontline #EndSars protesters be unfrozen.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has reacted to the alleged affiliations of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Patami, with Taliban and Al-Qaeda terrorism groups.

Wike in a reaction posted on his Twitter page (username: @GovWike) said; “No reasonable Government would allow a person with the issues around Dr Patami to remain in its cabinet. “Ordinarily the Minister should leave immediately but this Government doesn’t care This should not be allowed, saying it was done in the past or he has repented is not the issue.”

“It is inexcusable, at best we can say the seeds he sowed have germinated and led to the killing and destruction of people. If I was in such a situation I would have tendered my resignation.”

Meanwhile, a former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, has said the secret police informed the Federal Government and the National Assembly of the past radical pro-Taliban views of the embattled Minister before his confirmation as a minister in 2019

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