EXCLUSIVE: Court documents confirm CBN froze bank accounts of Rinu, Pamilerin, Gatefield, 17 other #EndSARS champions
The Central Bank of Nigeria obtained a federal court order to freeze 20 bank accounts linked to supporters of the #EndSARS campaign last month, court document obtained by Peoples Gazette showed.
Governor Godwin Emefiele filed an ex-parte court application to freeze the account on October 20, which was promptly granted by Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court.
Former attorney-general Michael Aondoakaa argued the case for the freezing of the accounts on behalf of CBN, documents showed. The lawyers did not say what the #EndSARS campaigners did against the law to attract freezing of their bank accounts.
The bank accounts blocked included those run by Gatefield, a public interest think-tank, and Bassey Israel, a pharmacist. Gatefield has already filed a lawsuit challenging the freezing of its account.
There have been complaints from Nigerians that their bank accounts were frozen in relation to their roles in the #EndSARS campaign, with CBN being mentioned as the main culprit of the punitive measure.
The CBN has repeatedly denied involvement in the freezing of bank accounts of #EndSARS protesters.
The full list includes:
- Bolatito Rachael Oduala
- Chima David Ibebunjoh
- Mary Doose Kpengwa
- Gatefield Nigeria Limited
- Saadat Temitope Bibi
- Bassey Victor Israel
- Wisdom Busaosowo Obi
- Nicholas Ikhalea Osazele
- Ebere Idibie
- Akintomide Lanre Yusuf
- Uhuo Ezenwanyi Promise
- Mosopefoluwa Odeseye
- Adegoke Pamilerin Emmanuel
- Umoh Grace Ekanem
- Babatunde Victor Segun
- Mulu Louis Teghenan
- Mary Oshifowora
- Winifred Akpevweoghene Jacob
- Victor Solomon
- Idunu A. Williams.
Download the full bank order here.
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