EndSARS: Chief judge defends court’s role in freezing accounts of sponsors

EndSARS: Chief judge defends court’s role in freezing accounts of sponsors

- The court's role in the freezing of accounts linked to the sponsors of EndSARS protest has been explained

- According to Justice John Tsoho, the court only acted as an interpreter in the matter

- Tsoho noted that it was CBN that approached the court for freezing of some accounts

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Justice John Tsoho, the chief judge of the Federal High Court has revealed why the accounts of alleged promoters of the #EndSARS protests that rocked the country in October were frozen.

The Guardian reports that he said contrary to the belief in some quarters that the accounts were frozen by the intentionally by the court, all it did was play its part as an interpreter of the law in the case.

Legit.ng gathered that Justice Tsoho said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) approached the court, praying for an order to freeze certain accounts of corporate bodies, and names of individuals were not attached to the applications.

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EndSARS: CJ defends court’s role in freezing accounts of sponsors
EndSARS protesters gathered in a popular junction in Lagos.
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Speaking at the opening of the 2020/2021 legal year, the CJ noted that three months before the EndSARS protest, CBN had approached the court and sought an order to freeze certain accounts of corporate bodies.

He said that if it was the EndSARS people that were involved in the activities undercover then, it is unfortunate for people to begin to make damaging allegations against the court.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the videographer behind the viral video alleging the killing of one person by a team of policemen that sparked the #EndSARS protest across the country, Nicholas Makolomi, was Monday, December 14, rearrested by police.

It was reported that Makolomi was taken to the Nigerian capital by a team of operatives from the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB).

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Makolomi's lawyer, Ekenemolise Osifo, stated that the rearrest of his client at Asaba despite the Federal High Court ruling against his initial arrest and detention, was a gross violation of the rule of law and a show of utter disregard for the courts and the judiciary by the police.

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