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#EndSARS: Court orders CBN to unfreeze protesters bank accounts

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to unfreeze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters.

Recall that the apex bank had secured the court’s order to mandate commercial banks to freeze the accounts of 19 individuals and a public affairs company linked to the #EndSARS protests.

But on Wednesday, the presiding judge, justice Ahmed Mohammed issued the order after the legal teams of both the CBN and the 20 defendants decided to end the case.

The CBN had applied, “to freeze forthwith all transactions on the under-listed 20 accounts on the list annexed to this application as Exhibit A and all other bank accounts of the defendants/respondents for a period of 180 days pending the outcome of investigation and inquiry currently being conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria”.

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Some of the affected individuals included Bolatito Racheal 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 and Adegoke Pamilerin Emmanuel.

Others are Umoh Grace Ekanem, Babatunde Victor Segun, Mulu Louis Teghenan, Mary Oshifowora, Winifred Akpevweoghene Jacob, Victor Solomon and Idunu A. Williams.

The court order was addressed to the head offices of Access Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank, United Bank of Africa and Zenith Bank.

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