The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, on Tuesday, denied that the court intentionally froze accounts of promoters of the #EndSARS promoters.
Justice Tsoho said that contrary to media reports, the court froze accounts of some corporate entities the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, accused of sabotaging the country’s economy.
He said this during a special court session the High Court held to mark the commencement of its 2020/2021 legal year.
The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, had in a speech presented by its National President, Mr. Olumide Akpata, slammed the court for freezing bank accounts of some persons that allegedly played key role during the #EndSARS protest.
Tsoho said that, contrary to media reports, the CBN approached motions to freeze the bank accounts, three months before the protest.
According to the CJ: “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.
Meanwhile, the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, BOSAN, in a statement it presented at the event, said attacks on courts by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protests, should be blamed on sluggish justice system in the country.
The body of SANs, in its speech that was presented by Chief J. K. Gadzama, SAN, said: “It is easy to dismiss this as the work of hoodlums, but it is worthwhile to consider that it signals a general and growing disenchantment with the entire justice architecture.
“The man on the street is not particularly concerned with the caseload of the judge or magistrate; all he knows is that the system is sluggish. He does but understand or appreciate the necessity of procedural rules; but he feels it very keenly when a hearing on the merits is truncated on purely technical grounds. These are only a few of this disenchantment”, BOSAN added.