Justice John Tsoho, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, has said that the accounts of #EndSARS protesters were frozen in error.
He noted that the intention of the court was to freeze the accounts of corporate bodies under suspicion of money laundering, he made the disclosure during the special court session to mark the beginning of 2020 to 2021 legal year of the court.
Justice Tsoho noted that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) approached the court seeking an order to freeze the accounts of some corporate bodies without attaching individual names to the application.
The chief judge stated that he “assigned those cases and no individual’s name was mentioned,”
According to him “Three months before the protest, the CBN kept bringing applications, almost in their hundreds, based on what they call deliberate resolve to ruin the economy through money laundering.”
“So if it was the #EndSars people that were involved in the activity undercover, then it is unfortunate for people to begin to call and vilify the court, making damaging allegations against the court,” he added.
It was reported earlier that the accounts of 19 Nigerians and public affairs companies linked to the End SARS protests were frozen by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The request by the Central Bank of Nigeria seeking to freeze the accounts was filed before the court on October 20 and granted by Justice Ahmed Mohammed.