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Court Orders CBN To Unfreeze Bank Accounts Of 20 #EndSARS Protesters

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to unfreeze the bank accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters.

The presiding judge, Ahmed Mohammed, on Wednesday ordered that the accounts be unfrozen following the agreement by the legal teams of the CBN and the defendants to end the case.

“All processes filed deemed to have been withdrawn in the spirit of reconciliation, the suit is hereby struck out,” the judge said.

“The order of November 4, 2020, freezing the accounts of the respondents is hereby set aside.”

“An order is made de-freezing the accounts of the respondents immediately.”

The CBN had secured a court order to effect the freeze which elapsed last Tuesday.

The accounts were targeted by the apex bank in October 2020 in the wake of the #EndSARS protests which demanded an end to police brutality and extra-judicial killings in the country.

Access Bank, in which eight of the accounts are domiciled, had issued a public apology after some Nigerians started a social media trend calling on customers to close their accounts with the bank for allegedly colluding with the government to oppress the protesters.

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