The Central Bank of Nigeria has been granted an injunction by a federal high court sitting in Abuja, to freeze the accounts of 19 individuals and a public affairs company alleged to have sponsored the EndSARS protest.
The request, which was granted by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, was filed by the Apex bank. The individuals whose account were freezed include, Nicholas Ikhalea Osazele, Bassey Victor Isreal, Bolatito Racheal Oduala, Chima David Ibebunjoh, Mary Doose Kpengwa, Saadat Temitope Bibi, Bassey Victor Israel, Umoh Grace Ekanem, Mary Oshifowora, Winifred Akpevweoghene Jacob, Victor Solomon, Idunu A. Williams, Gatefield Nigeria Limited among others.
The Central Bank of Nigeria, addressed the court injunction to the head offices of Access Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank, United Bank of Africa, and Zenith Bank, and mandated that the banks should with immediate effect freeze banking transactions on the account of the 19 individuals and a company, Gatefield Nigeria Limited.
The freeze of these persons account is mandated to last for a period of 180 days subject to the outcome of investigation and inquiry currently being conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Gatefield Nigeria Limited, had however instituted an action against Access Bank Plc for allegedly freezing an account which belonged to company and which was purportedly used to facilitate the media coverage of the EndSARS protests.
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