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Court Grants CBN’s Request To Freeze Accounts Of 19 #EndSARS Protesters

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A federal high court on Friday, in Abuja has granted the request of the Central Bank of to freeze the accounts of 19 individuals and a public affairs company linked to the protests.

According to Channels TV, the request, granted by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, was filed by the CBN on October 20.

Some of the affected individuals include Bolatito Racheal Oduala, Chima David Ibebunjoh, Mary Doose Kpengwa, Saadat Temitope Bibi, Bassey Victor Israel, Wisdom Busaosowo Obi, Nicholas Ikhalea Osazele, Ebere Idibie, Akintomide Lanre Yusuf, Uhuo Ezenwanyi Promise and Mosopefoluwa Odeseye.

Others are: Adegoke Pamilerin Yusif. Umoh Grace Ekanem, Babatunde Victor Segun, Mulu Louis Teghenan, Mary Oshifowora, Winifred Akpevweoghene Jacob, Victor Solomon, Idunu A. Williams, and Gatefield Nigeria Limited.

The court order, addressed to the head offices of Access Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank, United Bank of Africa, and Zenith Bank, directed the banks to freeze forthwith all transactions on the 20 accounts on the list annexed to the CBN’s 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.

Gatefield Nigeria Limited had earlier sued Access Bank Plc for allegedly blocking an account used to promote media coverage of the #EndSARS protests.

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Okorocha Reacts to Killing Of Borno Farmers

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Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha on Wednesday reacted to the recent killing of farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents describing it as a great insult to .

Okorocha who is also a Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district called on the executive arm of government to rise up and prevent the re-occurrence of the terrible incident.

The killing in Borno State is an eyesore and very provocating. The killing in Borno is just an insult to this nation, a great insult to this country. Action should be taken to stop to show that, this is too much.

So, I urge you the executives to rise up to the occasion and ensure the security of lives and properties in Nigeria, which is the number one constitutional requirement of the government,” he said.

Okorocha made this statement during a visit to Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule over the demise of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Chairman in the state, Philips Shekwo.

Governor Sule had earlier on Tuesday announced that the killer of the APC Chairman has been arrested.

He identified the killer as Muhammad Usman, a notorious kidnapper who confessed to the crime

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Okonjo-Iweala Named Forbes Africa Person Of The Year

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Forbes Africa has named ’s former Finance Minister and a candidate for the office of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2020.

The announcement was made this on Tuesday via a post on its official handle @forbesafrica.

“The 2020 #AfricanOftheYear Award honoree is…Congratulations to Dr. @NOlweala! Board Chair @Gavi; Board Chair @ARCapicity, gracing the cover of @forbesafrica,” the tweet read

Okonjo-Iweala in response said she is thrilled to be honoured and to be following the footsteps of her brothers Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Nigeria’s Femi Adesina.

“Thrilled to be named @forbesafrica-CNBC 2020 African of the Year following in the footsteps of my great Brothers @PaulKagame and @akin_adesina,” the  66-year-old said.

Okonjo-Iweala also dedicated the award to fellow Africans facing the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This award is for fellow Africans suffering the health & economic impact of Covid19. The energy and resilience of Africans inspire me!” she added.

Okonjo-Iweala’s joined the list of eminent Africans to have received the award.

In 2019, Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), won the award for his outstanding work at the bank and a sterling career in agriculture and finance.

Paul Kagame of Rwanda won the same prize in 2018.

Other eminent Nigerians to have bagged the award are Muhammad Sanusi II (2011), former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; Aliko Dangote (2014), president of the Dangote Group.

Sanusi won the first edition in 2011, Adesina has claimed the gong twice — 2013 and 2019, while Okonjo-Iweala is also the first Nigerian woman to be honoured with the prize.

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