BREAKING: Court orders CBN to unfreeze bank accounts of EndSARS protesters

BREAKING: Court orders CBN to unfreeze bank accounts of EndSARS protesters

- The court case regarding the freezing of the bank accounts of 20 protesters has come to a conclusion

- Parties to the suit are reportedly seeking an out of court settlement

- The accounts of the protesters were frozen for over 90 days following the request of the CBN

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An Abuja court has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to unfreeze the accounts of 20 protesters who took part in the EndSARS demonstrations in 2020.

Premium Times reported that the order was issued by Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, February 10.

The judge said all affected banks should immediately unfreeze the affected accounts of the protesters who were previously facing an embargo by the apex bank.

BREAKING: Court orders CBN to unfreeze bank accounts of EndSARS protesters
Issues of police brutality sparked the EndSARS demonstrations in 2020. Photo: @MOVEMENTOFTHEP1
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The court also struck out the suit by the CBN governor in respect of which the ex-parte order freezing the accounts for 180 days was made on November 4, 2020.

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The Nation reported that the court took the decision after lawyers to all parties informed it about the withdrawal of all processes filed in relation to the suit.

A senior lawyer, Michael Aondoakaa (SAN) who appeared for the CBN governor, and Femi Falana (SAN), who appeared for those affected by the freezing order, told the court that they have resolved to withdraw all the processes filed for peace to reign.

They also said the withdrawal of the matter will enable the ongoing process of reconciliation, at the various panels of enquiry on police brutality across the country to progress unhindered.

Meanwhile, there are fears that the Lekki area of Lagos state may experience another round of violence following the reopening of the Lekki toll gate.

The toll gate was the venue of a violent crackdown on protesters during the EndSARS protest. Some activists opposed to the reopening of the Lekki tollgate have planned a protest to occupy the toll gate.

However, two trending hashtags on Twitter, #DefendLagos and #DemNoBornYourPapaWell, are being pushed online by counter-protesters on Twitter who are warning against any demonstrations.


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