#EndSARS: CBN Secures Order To Freeze Accounts Of 20 Protesters

#EndSARS: CBN Secures Order To Freeze Accounts Of 20 Protesters

 

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the request of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to freeze accounts of 19 individuals and a firm linked with the #EndSARS protests.

The order followed an ex-parte order the apex bank filed through a team of lawyers led by a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Michael Aondoakaa, SAN.

The court ordered that their accounts should be frozen for an initial period of 90 days that will be subject to renewal upon an application by the CBN. The court said the order was to allow CBN to conclude its investigations.

In his ruling, Justice Mohammed, held: “A mandatory order is made empowering the plaintiff/applicant to direct the head office of the banks involved to freeze forthwith all transactions on the 20 bank accounts listed for a period of 90 days pending the outcome of investigation and inquiry currently being conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“It is, however, directed that the 90-day freezing order, when it lapses, may be renewed upon good cause shown by the applicant.

“It is also directed that any person, whether artificial or natural, that is affected by this order may apply to the court to have his grievance or complaint heard by the court. The suit is adjourned till February 4, 2021.”
The 20 alleged #EndSARS promoters that were listed as Defendants in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1384/2020, are;

  1. Bolatito Racheal Oduala
  2. Chima David Ibebunjoh
  3. Mary Doose Kpengwa
  4. Saadat Temitope Bibi
  5. Bassey Victor Israel
  6. Wisdom Busaosowo Obi
  7. Nicholas Ikhalea Osazele
  8. Ebere Idibie
  9. Akintomide Lanre Yusuf
  10. Uhuo Ezenwanyi Promise
  11. Mosopefoluwa Odeseye
  12. Adegoke Pamilerin Yusif
  13. Umoh Grace Ekanem
  14. Babatunde Victor Segun
  15. Mulu Louis Teghenan
  16. Mary Oshifowora
  17. Winifred Akpevweoghene Jacob
  18. Victor Solomon
  19. Idunu A Williams
  20. Gatefield Nigeria Limited.
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Gatefield Nigeria Limited had earlier sued a new generation bank for allegedly blocking an account used to promote media coverage of the #EndSARS protests.