- The CBN has been dragged to court for freezing the bank accounts of some #EndSARS protesters
- The affected protesters, through their lawyer, asked the court to reverse the retraining order which the CBN placed on their accounts
- Recall that the CBN had earlier revealed the alleged reason while it secured the order to freeze the bank accounts
No fewer than 16 #EndSARS protesters have reportedly dragged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the Federal High Court in Abuja over their frozen bank accounts.
Premium Times reported that the protesters are asking the court to reverse a temporary restraining order placed on their accounts by the apex bank.
The protesters are being represented by the foremost human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN).
The 16 protesters are ‘Rinu’ Oduala, Chima Ibebunjoh, Mary Kpengwa, Saadat Bibi, Bassey Israel, Wisdom Obi, Nicholas Osazele, Ebere Idibie, Akintomide Yusuf, Uhuo Promise, Mosopefoluwa Odeseye, Adegoke Pamilerin, Umoh Ekanem, Babatunde Segun, Mary Oshifowora and Idunnu Williams.
Legit.ng had reported that the CBN in a court affidavit claimed the bank accounts were frozen on suspicion that the demonstrators might have been funded through terrorism.
The protesters, however, argued that the CBN acted beyond its authority by freezing their bank accounts before approaching the court for a restraining order.
They also contended that their right to a fair hearing was violated when the court order allowed the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, to freeze their accounts for 90 days.
The protesters also faulted the CBN over the terrorism tag, saying the apex bank exercised power beyond its purview as it was never among the investigative or prosecuting agencies recognised by the country's relevant laws.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Muiz Banire, a former national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the court order on the freezing of bank accounts belonging to the #EndSARS protesters was flawed.
“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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