Update: Flutterwave Set to Restore #EndSARS Donation Link, Explains Shutdown
Payments company, Flutterwave says the Feministco donations link for the #EndSARS protest is only currently undergoing scheduled maintenance and users will be informed once the link is back up.
The fintech company revealed this through its support handle on Twitter while responding to a concerned user. The user had demanded to know if its platforms are back up and if donations will still be made to the link of Feministco, one of the portals dedicated for donations towards sustaining the #EndSARS protest.
“Please be informed that the donation link is undergoing scheduled maintenance at the moment. We will let you know once the link is back up. Thanks!Flutterwave Support
This is coming after Flutterwave chairman and former director of the CBN, Mr Tunde Lemo, said that he personally ordered the shut down of the company’s system because it was being used by ‘bad guys’ to move money.
Recall that the fintech company has been vocal in its support for the #ENDSARS movement and even started a donation to help with the medical bills of protesters.
“I was the one that instructed them to shut down their system yesterday when the bad guys were moving money through them,” Lemo who also served as the managing director of WEMA bank said.
Technext reported yesterday that Flutterwave was allegedly summoned by the CBN as a result of creating an avenue for people to donate towards the #ENDSARS protest. While it isn’t clear the identity of the ‘bad guys’, the announcement by Tunde Lemo absolves the apex bank of any involvement with the crackdown of Flutterwave.
Since the money donated has been used to cater to needs of the protest including medical bills, feeding and transportation, Nigerians took to the social media to share reasons why cracking down on Flutterwave and the monetary accounts related to the protest are anti-people.
Some of the reactions have been aggressive because of the perception that the company is being asked to prove that the donations have not come from terrorists.
Some people are questioning how the government was able to trace the money transferred to Flutterwave’s accounts in days and yet has been unable to identify the bank accounts that are funding the Boko Haram terrorist group for years.
As the president has agreed to the demands of the 5-point agenda for the #ENDSARS protest, Lemo’s revelation also puts things in perspective concerning the donations that helped fund the protest.
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