Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stay out of politics and stick to the business of banking.
The human rights lawyer who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily has described CBN’s move in this case as that of intimidation, he argued that the apex bank went out of its way. He said:
“I do hope that sufficient lessons have been learnt particularly by the Central Bank to desist from jumping into the political arena by attempting to freeze the accounts of people who are involved in the struggle one way or the other against the government.
This is coming after 22 year old Rinu (Bolatito Racheal) Oduala, one of the 20 persons whose accounts were frozen back in November 2020 after CBN secured a controversial court order, after the #EndSARS protests took to Twitter to say that she will be suing CBN for the unlawful freeze on her accounts.
Ms Oduala posted a series of tweets, one of them said:
It’s time to sue CBN for the unlawful freeze of my accounts.
I was accused of money laundering & terrorism but no investigations were done in the past 3 months. This was purely an act of intimidation!
I have informed my lawyers, Falana and Falana Chambers & we will be suing!✌🏾
— Rinu #EndSARS🔥🔫 (@SavvyRinu) February 10, 2021
In another tweet, she alleged DSS surveillance, accounts blocked, passport seized, cyber attacks, defamation, random threats and phones bugged.
DSS surveillance, accounts blocked, passport seized, cyber attacks, defamation, random threats, phones bugged, etc just for this 20 ish year old girl?
Naija government, which way?
Kini moshe fun yin? Shefe pa mi ni?🤷🏾♀️
— Rinu #EndSARS🔥🔫 (@SavvyRinu) February 9, 2021
The court has directed banks to freeze all transactions on the 20 accounts and all other bank accounts of the defendants and respondents for a period of 180 days pending the outcome of investigation and inquiry that was conducted by the CBN.
Following the investigations the court had ordered that all accounts be unfrozen with immediate effect and all applications overtaken by event, withdrawn and struck out. The case had been concluded, however from Ms Oduala’s tweets it is clear that her accounts are still frozen.
Ms Oduala was also a representative of the youth on the panel set up by Lagos State Government to investigate police atrocities and the shooting of protesters.
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