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CBN Gets go ahead to Freeze Accounts of Alleged #ENDSARS Sponsors

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on Friday, granted the request brought before it by the Central Bank of Nigeria, to freeze the accounts of 19 identified individuals who participated and sponsored the #ENDSARS protest that rocked the country for weeks.

The CBN according to a report in The Sun newspaper, had filed the request on October 20, 2020, and the court granted the request on Friday, November 5, 2020.

The latest development is seen as a clampdown on individuals and corporate organizations that powered the #EndSARS protest.

Recall that earlier this week, the international passport of of one of the #EndSARS promoters, Modupe Odele, was seized by the Nigeria Immigration Service, with her journey abroad prevented.

Odele, a legal practitioner and member of the Feminist Coalition, had narrated how NIS officials stopped her from travelling out of the country.

Her group, the Feminist Coalition, which is the promoter of the #EndSARS protest, had raised about N147 million for the demonstration.

She was actively involved in the campaign, by offering legal aid to persons who were arrested during the protest.

But reacting to the development on Thursday, the Spokesman of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Sunday James, said the passport was seized as part of a routine border assignment.

He explained that Odele was placed under travel restriction and the Service was left with no option than to enforce it.

James added that the action of the Nigerian Immigration Service was unconnected to the #EndSARS protests.

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