Court orders CBN to unfreeze #EndSARS protesters accounts
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered Nigeria’s apex bank to unfreeze the bank accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters.
The judge, Ahmed Mohammed, gave the order after counsel to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the legal representative of the protesters agreed to end the case marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1384/2020 filed by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Mohammed sets aside the ex-parte order freezing the accounts for 180 days was made on November 4, 2020 ordering all affected banks to “immediately defreeze the affected accounts.’
The Judge while commending counsel to the CBN, Michael Andoaka, and lawyer to the defendants, Femi Falana, ruled that “all processes filed in respect of the case are hereby deemed to have been withdrawn.”
The CBN froze the bank accounts in the heat of the #EndSARS campaign. Many of those affected were prominent during the protests, which attracted global attention as thousands of people campaigned for an end to police brutality in major Nigerian cities.
Meanwhile, one of the promoters has said she is suing the CBN for unlawfully freezing her accounts.
It’s time to sue CBN for the unlawful freeze of my accounts.
I was accused of money laundering & terrorism but no investigations were done in the past 3 months. This was purely an act of intimidation!
I have informed my lawyers, Falana and Falana Chambers & we will be suing!✌🏾
— Rinu #EndSARS🔥🔫 (@SavvyRinu) February 10, 2021
Some good news!
A Federal High Court in Abuja has set aside the order freezing accounts linked with some promoters of the #EndSARS protest that took place across the country last year… Ordered all affected banks to “immediately defreeze the affected accounts.’#EndSARS pic.twitter.com/NXfpQYdItL
— EiE Nigeria (@EiENigeria) February 10, 2021