Outrage As Court Documents Confirm CBN Froze Bank Accounts Of #EndSARS Frontliners

Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele speaks during the monthly Monetary Policy Committee meeting in Abuja

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:

  1. Bolatito Rachael Oduala
  2. Chima David Ibebunjoh
  3. Mary Doose Kpengwa
  4. Gatefield Nigeria Limited
  5. Saadat Temitope Bibi
  6. Bassey Victor Israel
  7. Wisdom Busaosowo Obi
  8. Nicholas Ikhalea Osazele
  9. Ebere Idibie
  10. Akintomide Lanre Yusuf
  11. Uhuo Ezenwanyi Promise
  12. Mosopefoluwa Odeseye
  13. Adegoke Pamilerin Emmanuel
  14. Umoh Grace Ekanem
  15. Babatunde Victor Segun
  16. Mulu Louis Teghenan
  17. Mary Oshifowora
  18. Winifred Akpevweoghene Jacob
  19. Victor Solomon
  20. Idunu A. Williams.

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