Former Presidential candidate in 2019 general election, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has reacted to the court order directing the CBN to unfreeze the accounts of End SARS protesters.
Nig24news gathered that the CBN on October 20 filed a request to freeze the account of End SARS promoters.
However, the request was granted by Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the federal high court in Abuja who directed major commercial banks to freeze all transactions on the 20 accounts on the list for a period of 180 days pending the outcome of investigation and inquiry conducted by the CBN.
Reacting to the development in a twitter post, Moghalu wrote; “I welcome the decision of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria to unfreeze the bank accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters frozen late last year following youth protests against police brutality.”
“It is also a positive development that the CBN and the 20 defendants reached an amicable decision to end the legal dispute.”
The former presidential aspirant noted that “The decision by the court is a victory for democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”
“Citizens of of Nigeria, including peaceful #EndSARS protesters, have a constitutional right to protest provided such protest is conducted in a peaceful manner in furtherance of their right to free expression.”
“These accounts should never have been frozen in the first place.”
“I urge our political leaders and public institutions, without prejudice to the need to maintain public order, to engage peaceful protesters on the substance of their grievances, and to resist the temptation to resort to repressive measures. This is part of what the principles of democracy requires.