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#EndSars: Unfreeze Accounts of Protesters-Court

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been ordered by a Federal High Court in Abuja to unfreeze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters who were alleged to be the influencers of the 2020 #EndSARS cum Anti-Police brutality and End bad governance Protests.

Ahmed Mohammed, Judge of the High Court on Wednesday, issued the order, unfreezing the accounts after the legal teams of both the CBN and the 20 defendants decided to end the case.

The 20 #EndSARS protesters targeted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) after the 2020 anti-police brutality demonstrations were still being deprived access to their bank accounts despite the expiration of the court’s freezing order of November 4, 2020.

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The CBN had on November 4, 2020 obtained an ex parte order of the Federal High Court in Abuja freezing the protesters’ accounts for 90 days. By this calculation, the freezing order expired on February 2.

One of the affected protesters, Bolatito Oduala, popularly known as Rinu, confirmed in a twitter  message on Saturday that the restriction placed on her accounts and those of her colleagues had not been lifted.

Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who is also their lawyer confirmed this.

Mr Falana said with the expiration of the order, his legal team “will file a motion to set the order aside.”

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