- Femi Falana has asked Nigeria's apex bank not to meddle in the political concerns of the country
- The senior lawyer stated this a day after CBN was ordered to unfreeze the accounts of EndSARS protesters
- Describing the move as an act of intimidation, Falana called on the bank to be careful in the future
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has reacted to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) unfreezing the accounts of protesters who took part in the EndSARS demonstration.
Falana asked the apex bank to stay out of jumping into the country's political arena by attempting to freeze the accounts of people who are involved in the struggle against the government.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who made the disclosure while speaking on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, noted that CBN should stick to the business of banking.
According to him, CBN went out of its way following an injunction from the court to freeze the accounts of certain individuals. He described the move by the bank as an act of intimidation.
Speaking further, Falana argued that the court was misled by the apex bank into believing that grave offenses had been committed, which would require time to run an investigation.
While noting that no offense was committed and CBN made no attempt to investigate anyone, the senior lawyer called on the apex bank to be careful in the future.
Court orders CBN to unfreeze bank accounts
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that an Abuja court ordered CBN to unfreeze the accounts of 20 protesters who took part in the EndSARS demonstrations in 2020.
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.
Malami says Buhari tolerated excesses of #EndSARS protesters
In a related development, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, declared that President Muhammadu Buhari tolerated the excesses of #EndSARS protesters in the country.
The #EndSARS protests rocked the nation in October 2020 after young people took to the streets to protest police brutality.
But Malami, Nigeria's chief law officer, says the president was lenient with the protesters.
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