CBN freeze #EndSARS protesters’ bank accounts
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Central bank of Nigeria, (CBN) has frozen the accounts of 20 prominent figures involved in the #EndSARS protests that rocked the country.
Nigeria was swept by weeks of demonstrations for an end to police brutality, and extrajudicial killing.
The demonstrations descended into widespread unrest after peaceful protesters were gunned down in Lagos on October 20 during a crackdown by security forces.
The protests have however fizzled out in recent weeks but key organisers have complained of harassment including being barred from travelling abroad.
CBN in a statement on Friday said that a federal court ordered the freezing of the accounts “for a period of 90 days pending the outcome” of an investigation.
Among those targeted was one of the youth representatives sitting on a judicial panel in Lagos set up to probe the shooting of demonstrators.
The move saw the panel suspend a hearing at which senior army commanders were expected to give evidence on Saturday as the youth representatives boycotted it in protest.
However, the police said that 51 civilians and 22 officers were killed during the protests and subsequent unrest, AFP reported.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International claimed the army and police shot dead at least 12 peaceful protesters in the heart of biggest city Lagos, but the security forces have denied they were responsible for the shooting.
Nigeria’s police chief on Saturday ordered “the deployment of all legitimate force” to curb any further unrest.