#EndSARS Promoters Celebrate CBN Finally Unblocking Their Accounts
Some of the people who served on the front lines during last year’s #EndSARS mass protests opened their social media accounts to celebrate the unblocking of their bank accounts by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Last October, the Nigerian government cracked down on the organizers of the #EndSARS protest by freezing their bank accounts.
Some #EndSARS organizers claimed that their banks informed them that CBN had ordered their accounts to be frozen.
The CBN reportedly instructed banks to impose a restriction on the debit posting of accounts.
As it became known, the banks were able to fulfill the directive, tracking the “narrative” of the transactions.
Bank transactions that included a #EndSARS or End SARS description were immediately flagged as the accounts that were funded were frozen.
But a federal high court hearing in Abuja on Wednesday ordered CBN to clear the accounts of 20 people involved in the #EndSARS protests.
Their lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) said they had informed the court that the 90-day order expired on February 4 and there was no renewal.
Victims included Bolatito Rachil Oduala, Chima David Ibebunjo, Mary Douz Kpengwa, Gatefield Nigeria Limited, Saadat Temitop Bibi, Bassey Victor Israel, Wisdom Busaosovo Obi, Nicholas Ihalea Osazele, Ebere Idibie, Akinthomi Lanre Yusufani Yusufani. Pamilerin Emmanuel.
Others are Umo Grace Ekanem, Babatunde Victor Segun, Mulu Louis Tegenan, Mary Osifowora, Winifred Akpevveogen Jacob, Victor Solomon and Idunu A. Williams.
One #EndSARS contributor, who previously complained about running into some issues after CBN froze his account and the accounts of others, celebrated the unlocking of his account.
According to @victorisrael_, now that his account was unlocked, he was able to do several things, like paying his family’s rent, which was supposed to be paid in six months.
He said he could also buy drugs for his father.
She tweeted: “After 4 months of freezing my accounts due to #EndSARS, my accounts were unblocked. I paid the 6 months rent due and bought my father his medicine. Tears in their voices as they leave. They prayed for me, they pissed me off. Federal Government, CBN and Godwin Emefiele (CBN Governor); God will punish you. “
He also described his parents’ homeowner as a kind person who gave money to keep his father healthy, bought medicine for his father, supported his family with things for Christmas, and never asked for rent.
“He is a great man. He is a Yoruba man. Such a kind person. My parents’ landlord is so good that he gave money to keep my father healthy. He bought drugs for my father so many times. He never asked for rent, even for a day. Supported by items during the Christmas season. Yoruba are some of the most beautiful people on earth. I wish I could pay this man! “
Another #EndSARS frontliner and Twitter influencer, Adegok Pamilerin Emmanuel, whose name is @UnclePamilerin, said it was not easy for him when his accounts were frozen, but now I am grateful that their number has increased.
Speaking to SaharaReporters, he said: “Yes, he was not frozen (sic). It was crazy, they asked us to beg, but God left them. “
He tweeted, “Pamilerin Spending checked GTB and I smile. I don’t transfer my money. ”
In another tweet, he said, “I promised myself that as soon as this account is released, the money will be given away. I will do it”.
As for @Mosopemi, who complained that, in addition to freezing her bank accounts, she was not given a passport, she said she was able to collect her passport and the restrictions on her accounts were lifted.
He tweeted: “Passport revoked! Accounts unlocked! To those who stood by, we cannot thank you enough! Thank you for standing up for me and the 19 people who have frozen their bank accounts since October! You have no idea what this means to us, thanks !!!!!! “
Another user @vhic_tore wrote: “CBN finally cleared my account after 3 months !!! This would not have happened without Femi Falan. “
The #EndSARS protests rocked the country months ago when young people called for the ban on Nigeria’s special anti-robbery unit.
The protesters also called for justice for the victims of police brutality.
However, the protests ended in the third week of October 2020 as they were captured by thugs in some states, resulting in loss of life and property.