A human rights group known as Writers for Human Rights has advised the Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to obey a court judgment recently given by the Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered the apex bank to unfreeze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS campaigners targeted by the apex bank after last year’s anti-police brutality demonstrations.
This was contained in a statement issued by Wole Adedoyin, the Convener of the group in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.
It would be recalled that an Abuja High Court Judge, Ahmed Mohammed, issued the order unfreezing the accounts after the legal teams of both the CBN and the 20 defendants decided to end the case on Wednesday. The #EndSARS protesters and promoters targeted in the case by the CBN included Bolatito Oduala, Chima Ibebunjoh, Mary Kpengwa, Gatefield Nigeria Limited, Saadat Bibi, Bassey Israel, Wisdom Obi, Nicholas Osazele, Ebere Idibie, Akintomide Yusuf, Uhuo Promise, Mosopefoluwa Odeseye and Adegoke Emmanuel.
The rest are, Umoh Ekanem, Babatunde Segun, Mulu Teghenan, Mary Oshifowora, Winifred Jacob, Victor Solomon, and Idunu Williams.
Writers for Human Rights however described the delay in unfreezing the accounts of the 20 #EndSARS campaigners as Contempt of court and violation of human rights.
According to Adedoyin, “We are surprised that the apex bank in the country has turned itself to another financial arm of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). Doing the biddings of some political cabals thereby abusing and violating the human rights of the 20 #EndSARS campaigners. If nothing is done after tomorrow, we shall call on our members to storm the street and start another protest.