June 17, 2021

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CBN starts freezing accounts of #EndSARS promoters

CBN starts freezing accounts of #EndSARS promoters.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has given the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) the permission to freeze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS promoters with immediate effect.

Granting the prayers of Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele in suit FHC/ABJ/CS/1384/2020, CBN spokesman Justice A.R. Mohammed said the apex bank empowered him to direct the head office of each of the banks to “freeze forthwith all transactions on the 20 Bank Accounts listed hereunder and all other bank accounts of the Defendants/Respondents for a period of 90 days pending the outcome of investigation and inquiry currently being conducted.

The accounts are domiciled in Access Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank, United Bank for Africa, and Zenith Bank.

The 20 persons include
1. Bolatito Oduala,
2. Chima Ibebunjoh,
3. Mary Kpengwa,
4. Gatefield Nigeria Limited,
5. Saadat Bibi,
6. Bassey Israel,
7. Wisdom Obi,
8. Nicholas Osazele,
9. Ebere Idibie,
10. Akintomide Yusuf,
11. Uhuo Promise,
12. Mosopefoluwa Odeseye,
13. Adegoke Emmanuel,
14. Umoh Ekanem,
15. Babatunde Segun,
16. Mulu Teghenan,
17. Mary Oshifowora,
18. Winifred Jacob,
19. Victor Solomon,
20. Idunu Williams.

The court also said 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.

Recall that an #ENDSARS promoter, Modupe Odele, was last Sunday stopped by immigration officials from boarding a plane to the Maldives to celebrate her birthday.

Odele, who is a lawyer, admitted offering free legal aid to protesters who were unjustly arrested during #EndSARS protests through www.endsarslegalaid.co and they succeeded in helping over 80 peaceful protesters who were arrested get released.

“I’m not a full-time activist or human rights attorney. I am a corporate lawyer at the moment, so dealing with police stations isn’t my area of expertise. I did what needed to be done in the face of gross injustice and had the support of over 800 wonderful volunteer lawyers,” she said on Twitter.

The spokesman of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Sunday James, said Odele was under travel restriction on the orders of an agency of government

He said: “When there is a directive from any agency of government not specific, we have to enforce either entry or restriction of entry by anybody who has been directed not to be allowed exit or entry, and as a matter of fact, we cannot as a border management agency, allow anybody who has been restricted from leaving the country to go out and we cannot allow anybody who has been restricted from entry to enter.

“So, it is a routine assignment and it has nothing to do with EndSARS. We are the lead agency for the security management of the border. It has to do with the restriction order which we are duty-bound to enforce.”

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