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EndSARS Promoters Celebrate As CBN Finally Unfreezes Their Accounts

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Some of the persons who served as front-liners during last year’s massive #EndSARS protests have taken to their social media accounts to celebrate the unfreezing of their bank accounts by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Last October, the Nigerian government began a clampdown on promoters of #EndSARS protests by freezing their bank accounts.

Some #EndSARS promoters said their banks informed them that the CBN had directed that their accounts should be frozen.

The CBN reportedly instructed banks to place a ‘Post No Debit’ restriction on the accounts.

The banks, it was learnt, were able to implement the directive by tracking the ‘narration’ of transactions.

Bank transactions that included the narration #EndSARS or End SARS were immediately flagged while such accounts receiving funds were frozen.

But a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday ordered the CBN to unfreeze the accounts of 20 people who were involved in the #EndSARS protests.

Their lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), said he had informed the court that the 90-day order expired on the 4th of February and that there was no renewal of the order.

Some of the affected individuals include 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.

One of the #EndSARS front-liners who had before now complained about facing some challenges after the CBN froze his account and that of others, has celebrated the unfreezing of his account.

According to @victorisrael_, now that his account has been unfrozen, he has been able to do certain things like pay his family’s rent, which had been due for six months.

He said he was also able to buy drugs for his father.

He tweeted: “After 4 months of freezing my accounts because of #EndSARS, my accounts have been unfrozen. I paid our rent that’s been due for 6 months and bought my dad his drugs. The tears in their voice as they prayed for me got me angry. Federal govt, CBN and Godwin Emefiele (CBN governor); God punish you.”

He further described his parents’ landlord as a nice man who gave money to support his dad’s health, bought drugs for his dad, supported his family with items for Christmas, and never asked for his rent for one day.

“He’s a great man. He’s a Yoruba man. Such a nice man. My parents’ landlord is so nice that he gave money to support my dad’s health. He bought drugs so many times for my dad. Never asked for his rent for even a day. Supported with items during Christmas. Yorubas are one of the nicest people on earth. Wish I could pay that man!”

Another #EndSARS frontliner and Twitter influencer, Adegoke Pamilerin Emmanuel, whose handle is @UnclePamilerin, said it was not easy for him during the period his accounts were frozen but now grateful they scaled through.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, he said, “Yes it has been unfreeze (sic). It was a crazy one, they want us to beg but God pass them.”

On his Twitter handle, he posted, “Pamilerin Spending checked GTB and I’m smiling. I don move my money.”

In another tweet, he said, “Promised myself that once they release this account, the money is for lavishing. I’ll do just that.”

For @Mosopemi, who had complained that apart from having her bank accounts frozen, she was not issued her passport, she said she has been able to pick up her passport, and restrictions on her accounts have been removed.

She tweeted, “Passport picked up! Accounts unfrozen! To those who stood by us, we cannot thank you enough! Thank you for standing up for myself & the 19 people who had their bank accounts frozen since October! You have no idea what it means to us, thank you!!!!!!”

Another user, @vhic_tore wrote, “CBN finally freed my account after 3 months!!! This wouldn’t have happened without Femi Falana.”

The #EndSARS protests rocked the nation some months ago with youths demanding the proscription of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the Nigerian Police Force.

The protesters also demanded justice for the victims of police brutality.

However, the protests turned sour in the third week of October 2020 as they were hijacked by hoodlums in some states, leading to loss of lives and destruction of property.


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Nigeria received their first covid-19 vaccine

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A historical moment, Nigeria has just received It’s first wave of Covid-19 vaccine.

The 4 million procured through COVAX is a historical step towards the Nigeria goal To ensure equitable distribution of COVID 19 vaccines globally.

This is an unprecedented global effort to make sure everyone has access to the vaccine.

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Willie Obiano disclosed that Herdsmen’s are criminals

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The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has said any herdsman found carrying a gun in the state should be treated as a criminal.

The governor said it was unwise to treat criminals with levity, adding that a fresh census for all herdsmen in the state has commenced and that once the exercise was concluded, the state will no longer tolerate itinerant cattle herders settling in the state or even passing through the state with their herds.

Obiano stated this yesterday in a stakeholders’ meeting on security with heads of various communities, security chiefs, traditional rulers and other groups, on the need to maintain security in the state.

He said, “We have done a census of herders in Anambra State last year and they were 77 in number. We are doing a new one now, and after the census, we will never allow itinerant herdsmen to come in again.

“The ones causing trouble are not here (Anambra), they come in from outside. Also, we have heard reports of herdsmen who carry arms. Any herdsmen carrying arms is a criminal and we will not tolerate that. If you find them, report them because they are criminals.

The governor also said that his government takes security seriously, which is the reason the state has been proclaimed the safest in the country. He also added that his administration has been very supportive of security agencies in the state, as security remained everyone’s business.

“Anything about security is number one for me. We thank our security agencies for keeping Anambra on the high as the safest state in Nigeria.

“I have distributed over 520 vehicles to security agencies in the state and I made a designated petrol station where you go to take fuel to avoid saying you don’t have fuel when you get distress calls. Today, every police vehicle you see running around is fueled by me,” he said.


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Governor Obiano Mourns the Death of Chimamanda Adichie mother’s death

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Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has expressed deep sadness over the sudden death of Mrs. Grace Ifeoma Adichie, mother of the famous novelist and writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Reacting to the sad news, Governor Obiano said he was grieved by Mrs Adichie’s death, upon hearing of it.

“I was saddened by the sad news of Mrs Adichie’s death and I sympathize with her children and the entire Adichie family who are again thrown into mourning just a few months after burying their father, Prof James Adichie. This is indeed a grievous loss.

“Mrs Adichie lived a life of selfless service. Her contribution and great service to Anambra State will not be forgotten. I pray for the peaceful repose of her soul”, he said.

Mrs Adichie was a member of the Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, ASUBEB and a former registrar of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She died on Monday, March 1st, 2021. She was 78 years old


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