Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, John Tsoho, on Tuesday, said the court did not freeze accounts of #EndSARS promoters but those of corporate bodies under suspicion of money laundering.
He stated this at a special court session to mark the beginning of the 2020 to 2021 legal year of the court.
Justice Tsoho said that those who accused the court of freezing the accounts of #EndSARS protesters were being uncharitable to the court.
According to him, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) approached the court seeking an order to freeze certain accounts of corporate bodies and names of individuals were not attached to the applications.
“I assigned those cases and no individual’s name was mentioned,” Mr. Tsoho said. “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 under cover, then it is unfortunate for people to begin to call and vilify the court, making damaging allegations against the court,” he added.
Mr Tsoho maintained that if such steps had not been taken, the country’s economy would have collapsed.
He noted that if any of the accounts belonged to any End SARS protester, it was a mere coincidence.
Godwin Emefiele, the CBN Governor, had in November, obtained an ex-parte order from the Abuja federal high court to freeze the accounts of 19 individuals and one firm linked to #EndSARS protests.