#EndSARS: New Protest Threat due to Protester Account Freeze

Posted by on Nov 9, 2020, Under: News

#EndSARS: New Protest Threat due to Protester Account Freeze

The controversy followed an ex parte ruling by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to freeze the accounts of 20 people and an organization linked to the #EndSARS campaign.

Many Nigerians, especially young people, are condemning the step ahead of the bank on social media.

Moreover, the members of the Lagos jury, outraged by the youth, decided to boycott their participation in the Saturday meeting.

Commission member Rinu Oduala was reportedly shot dead. The Lagos Judicial College updated its meeting to November 14 as members were unable to form a quorum.

The Nation previously reported that the Federal High Court in Abuja has authorized the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to immediately freeze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS promoters.

Accounts are open with Access Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank, United Bank for Africa and Zenith Bank.

According to the order details received by The Nation, the request filed on October 20 by Apex Bank was accepted by Judge Ahmed Mohammed.

Among the victims are Bolatito Rachil Oduala, Chima David Ibebunjo, Mary Douz Kpengwa, Saadat Temitop Bibi, Bassey Victor Israel, Wisdom Busaosovo Obi, Nicholas Ihalea Osazele, Ebere Idibi, Akinomid Lanre Yusuf, Uhuo Ezen.

One of the EndSARS promoters whose account was frozen, Adegoke Pamilerin said: “My account has been frozen for more than 2 weeks. Apparently CBN froze my account before they got the court order. Nigeria My country where the great and the strong do what they want “

The Nation learned that the court ordered banks to immediately freeze all transactions for 20 accounts on the list attached to the CBN application as Appendix A and all other defendant and defendant bank accounts for a 180-day waiting period. the results of investigations and investigations currently being carried out by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Many condemned the move, describing it as an attempt to provoke a second wave of #EndSARS protests across the country.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, ordered the deployment of all legal forces against violent and violent protests to protect the lives and property of citizens.

Popular TV presenter Frank Edoho @frankedoho tweeted, “So this useless government is freezing the #EndSARS protest account. Did the young men come out peacefully to plead with the leaders to eliminate the police unit responsible for the killings, and in response they froze the accounts? There are old fools in this government. “

In addition, Babatunde Gbadamosi, PDP candidate from the Senatorial District of East Lagos, said: “Freezing the accounts of the organizers of the peaceful protest is ECONOMIC TERRORISM of CBN. Does Godwin Emephile endorse the severity of SARS? “

Activist lawyer Inibehe Effiong said, “Free advice to #EndSARS protesters whose bank accounts have been frozen: Before going to court or taking any legal action, request and receive a CTC for an ex parte affidavit and others. lawsuits filed by the governor of CBN.

@EiENigeria stated: “The Government of Nigeria wants us, despite official actions we disagree with, to obey and obey without daring to object. Case in point: arresting passports, blocking CBN accounts, continual arrests of #EndSARS protesters, finding the culprit, etc. # Enough is enough “

Investigative reporter @fisayosoyombo said, “The account freeze of @ Gatefieldco’s Journalism Fund @myaccessbank and @cenbank of Godwin Emefile is a disguised attack on press freedom. Why did they fund journalists to cover stories of police brutality? Gatefield started supporting public interest journalism yesterday? … CBN has become so dormant that the most urgent order is to request court orders to freeze the accounts of 19 people and the company that supported the #EndSARS movement. But ask them to strengthen the naira against the dollar, and it’s an impossible mission!

@ayosogunro said, “Every day there are more reasons to protest #EndSARS. Along with the initial problems, we are now protesting against: #LekkiMassacre and #oyingbomassacre, freezing of protesters ‘bank accounts, seizing protesters’ passports, unconstitutional ban on protests.

Source: – The Nation