Gatefield Nigeria Ltd, generally known as a public affairs company., has sued Access Bank Plc N100m ($262,000) for illegally blocking an account used to finance the recent #EndSARS campaign against police brutality, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
According to the international news platform, the company filed a case against Access Bank in a Federal High Court in Abuja on October 28, 2020 and accused the bank of “unilaterally restricting” its account which was used to raise funds to support independent Nigerian journalists that covered nationwide protests last month.
“As more people contributed to our efforts, we noticed that we could no longer conduct transactions on the dedicated account we used for this particular activity,” the lead strategist for Abuja-based Gatefield, Adewunmi Emoruwa, reportedly said.
The lawsuit will test whether blocking Gatefield’s account without a court order was unlawful. There were other allegations by individuals and organizations on social media that their accounts were restricted during the protests for apparently similar reasons.
“A successful challenge at the court could make the difference for others who were likewise targeted,” Emoruwa added.