#EndSARS: Access Bank Appeals To Customers Over Calls For Boycott, Following Freezing Of Protesters’ Accounts

Following an online campaign calling for a boycott by customers of Access Bank over accounts of those freezed for participating in the #EndSARS protest, the management of Access Bank Plc has pleaded with them.

The bank accounts of at least eight persons involved in the #EndSARS campaign were frozen based on the orders of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The accounts were frozen about two weeks before CBN obtained a court order to do so.

Accounts to the initiators of the call for boycott, the bank should have been more thorough like Stanbic IBTC whose founder Atedo Peterside openly refused to freeze the account of any person without a valid court order.

However, in a statement on Friday, Access Bank said it sympathised with the affected persons, adding it was looking forward to unfreezing the accounts.

“We want to express our sympathy for the inconvenience that eight of our customers are going through due to the restrictions on their accounts as mandated by a federal court order. We are eager for this to be resolved as soon as possible,” the statement read.

“It is common knowledge that we and the entire banking industry are regulated entities and therefore operate under the authority of our regulators and law enforcement agencies. As such we are compelled to comply with regulatory directives.

“While acknowledging the concern of all well-meaning parties, we urge that enquiries and views be channeled to the relevant regulatory and judicial agencies where the matter is receiving attention.

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