Former APC lawyer says court order secured to freeze EndSARS protesters' accounts is flawed

Former APC lawyer says court order secured to freeze EndSARS protesters' accounts is flawed

- A senior lawyer, Muiz Banire, has picked holes in the court order which the CBN secured to freeze the bank accounts of some #EndSARS protesters

- Banire who is a former APC legal adviser said the order is flawed as it was secured after the bank accounts had been frozen

- The senior lawyer noted that the FG should have prioritised meeting the demands of the protesters instead of freezing accounts

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Muiz Banire, a former national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said the court order on the freezing of bank accounts belonging to some #EndSARS protesters is flawed.

Channels TV reported that Banire disclosed this in an interview on Wednesday, November 11.

Former APC lawyer Banire says court order secured to freeze #EndSARS protesters' bank accounts is flawed

Former APC lawyer Banire condemns freezing of #EndSARS protesters' bank accounts. Photo source: Nairametrics
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He said:

“In my very strong view, the order is flawed. The order granted by the judge to enable the Central Bank of Nigeria to carry out inquiry and investigation, how will you freeze somebody’s account and then go back to investigation and inquiry?”
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The senior lawyer said securing a court order after freezing the bank accounts is a case of putting the cart before the horse.

Banire added that the matter ought to be handled by the Nigeria police or any other security agencies.

The legal practitioner said the federal government should have focused on meeting the demands of the protesters and build trust with them rather than freezing their accounts.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that there was a fresh threat of another round of protests following the #EndSARS demonstration which was later hijacked by hoodlums.

The fresh threat of protest was a result of the freezing of the bank accounts of some of the prominent youths who participated in the protest.

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Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed the alleged reason while it secured an ex parte order to freeze the account of the affected EndSARS protesters.

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The reason for the action was unravelled in a case with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1384/2020, filed before Justice A. R. Mohammed of Abuja Federal High Court.

The CBN argued that the funding of the EndSARS movement might have emanated from terrorist activities.

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