House of Representatives caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Federal Government to be cautious over the way it handles the crackdown on those perceived to have organised the #EndSARS protests in the country.
Led by representative of Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency, Kingsley Chinda, members of the caucus noted that it behooved the authorities to maintain the rule of law in dealing with the masterminds of the protests.
In a statement issued in Abuja Tuesday, they frowned on the seizure of passports and travel documents, freezing of bank accounts and deregistration of companies of those perceived to be supporters of #EndSARS demonstrations by the Corporate Affairs Commission, as well as arrests and prosecution of some of the protesters.
The caucus observed that the development shows how desperate the authorities have become in muzzling the rights and freedom of citizens whose only offence was their courage to speak truth to power and a government that had refused to listen to the yearnings and sufferings of Nigerians.
“The Federal Government must free itself from fifth columnists bent on derailing the nation’s democracy. Although it is government’s constitutional responsibility to maintain law and order, this duty imposed by the Constitution must be discharged in a manner that respects rule of law and the rights of citizens,” Chinda said.
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