The Federal Government was able to freeze the accounts of 20 # EndSARS campaigners after telling a Federal High Court in Abuja that the funds in their accounts might have been linked to terrorist activities .
This is according to a written address in support of a motion ex parte filed by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The CBN had in the second week of October frozen 20 accounts and thereafter approached the court to seek an ex parte order to freeze the accounts.
In the case with suit number FHC / ABJ /CS / 1384 / 2020 , filed before Justice A. R . Mohammed , the CBN , however, made no mention of the fact that the 20 accounts were owned by persons involved in the # EndSARS protests, but told the court that the funds might have emanated from terrorist activities .
The written address read in part , “ My lord , the nature of the transactions undertaken through the defendants ’ accounts are of suspected terrorism financing in contravention of Section 13 (1 )(a )and (b ) of the Terrorism (Prevention )(Amendment) Act , 2013 and Regulation 31 (2 )(a )and (3 )(b ) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Anti – Money Laundering/ Combating the Financing of Terrorism Regulations , 2013 . ”
In a supporting affidavit deposed to by one Aondowase Jacob on behalf of the CBN , it was stated that the Head of the Economic Intelligence Unit of the Governor ’ s Department , CBN , Joseph Omayuku, had conducted an investigation on the accounts of the defendants and other individuals and entities held with certain banks in Nigeria .