Nigerians woke up to another day of uncertainty Saturday after a two week-long demonstration calling for the end of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and outrage over the shooting peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Lagos.
During the early days of the protests, frontliners had accused Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) of targeting and freezing their bank accounts and now court documents has confirmed the claims igniting another storm on social media.
According to the documents, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele filed an ex-parte court application to freeze 20 bank accounts linked to supporters of the #EndSARS movement in October, 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 company, and Bassey Israel, a pharmacist. Gatefield, however, has already filed a lawsuit challenging the freezing of its account.
The banks that were ordered to freeze bank accounts of the #EndSARS champions included Access Bank, Fidelity, First Bank, GTB, Zenith and UBA. However, 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.
#Endsars See names of individuals and companies linked with #Endsars whose accounts were frozen by smooth criminal Godwin Emefiele of @cenbank of Nigeria! 50 other persons mostly those on this list are on @MBuhari regime’s #NoFlyList #RevolutionNow pic.twitter.com/tkj93xN6Cx
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) November 6, 2020
See few reactions below:
Freezing the accounts of organisers of s peaceful protest is ECONIMIC TERRORISM by the CBN. Does Godwin Emefiele sanction the brutality of SARS?#EndSARS
— Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi (@BOGbadamosi) November 6, 2020
Just so we are clear, Mr Godwin Emefiele finds it hard to freeze the accounts of politicians who have stolen billions but in a few weeks can freeze the accounts of youth who protest and have spoken out against injustice. 🙂 #EndSARS ASUU #CitationTheMovie pic.twitter.com/LZo7PBOePr
— SUPERMAN (@gidiwave) November 7, 2020
Godwin Emefiele is a huge disgrace.
Clearly, the worst CBN governor ever in the history of this country.#EndBadGoveranceInNigeria
— FOLARIN OPEYEMI JOSEPH FOJ. (@opeyemifolarin1) November 6, 2020
US State Department: A VISA BAN for GODWIN EMEFIELE –
— DEMAGOGUE PhD.💘senior advocat🎓 (@von_Bismack) November 7, 2020
Dear Godwin Emefiele, you blocked the bank accounts of #EndSARS protesters.
We have heard you loud and clear!
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) November 6, 2020
It’s so difficult for Mr Godwin Emefiele to block Boko haram sponsor’s bank accounts , now very easy to block #EndSARS bank accounts.
Demon in disguise.
— E B I T U™ (@EbituPromise) November 6, 2020
Please don't forget that this is the same Godwin Emefiele of CBN who was hosting zoom meetings with #EndSARS comrades weeks ago.
Today he is getting court order to freeze people's account.
Don't trust this government, boycott the nonsense judicial investigative panel.
— Obong Ekpe says #EndSARS✊🏽 (@Ody_johnson) November 6, 2020
How about getting Godwin Emefiele a visa ban?
— C-E #LawIsLife (@Charles_Ehimen) November 6, 2020
Godwin Emefiele is the worst CBN Governor in the history of Nigeria. All he does is regulate FX for Funtua and his boys to chop.
— . (@Uglypapichulo) November 6, 2020
My name is even the first on the list 😂
Such a criminal that I am, that I protested without arms only putting on a white shirt stained red to say the Police should stop killing we youths.
Freeze my account from today till tomorrow. I no get car. I go trek !😂#EndSars
— Rinu #EndSARS🔥🔫 (@SavvyRinu) November 6, 2020
A second wave! A dogged, resilient second wave of #EndSarsProtests! The rogue regime of Muhammadu Buhari must be stopped!! Enough with the panel. Godwin Emefiele has been sent in. They just need to send soldiers to pick people at their homes before we understand it is bad already
— Threader (@extrasheeter) November 6, 2020
There should be a coordinated PROTEST at CBN headquarters in Lagos and Abuja.
Since the government would use Prof Osinbajo to say sorry and use Godwin Emefiele to block accounts of peaceful #EndSARS protesters.
Let the madness all begin.
— #EndSARS Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) November 7, 2020
For over 15yrs, the CBN couldn’t identify & freeze bank accounts of the sponsors of Boko Haram.
In less than two weeks, CBN Gov, Godwin Emefiele had identified #EndSARS protesters & frozen their bank accounts.
And y’all think God won’t punish them for their atrocities?
— Aisha Yesufu #SARSMustEnd (@MrOnos147) November 6, 2020
After Godwin Emefiele’s leaked voice notes,dude became a lap dog and would bite to uphold tyranny.
He accentuates his idiocy at the snap of one’s fingers
I don’t blame him..
I blame the zero-will power he has to stand on the side of truth because they’ve got his nudes.
— President One.acre|-| Dadiyata Disappeared (@NekkaSmith) November 7, 2020
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