The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, has come under attack for filing a suit in the Federal High Court, in Abuja, requesting to freeze the accounts of 19 individuals and a public affairs company linked to the peaceful EndSARS protests,
It was reported that the request filed by the CBN on October 20, was granted by Justice Ahmed Mohammed.
The court order directed all Head offices of Access Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank, United Bank of Africa, and Zenith Bank, to freeze all transactions on the 20 accounts on the list for a period of 180 days, pending the outcome of investigation and inquiry conducted by the CBN.
The development has stirred reactions from Nigerian youths, who accused Emefiele of being used as a tool by the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government to oppress the youths further.
Here are some reactions gathered from Twitter:
@OdyJohnson: “Please do not forget that this is the same Godwin Emefiele of CBN, who was hosting zoom meetings with #EndSARS comrades weeks ago. Today, he is getting court order to freeze people’s accounts. Do not trust this government, boycott the nonsense Judicial Investigative Panel.”
@Ebitupromise: “It is so difficult for Mr. Godwin Emefiele to block Boko haram sponsors’ bank accounts, now very easy to block #EndSARS bank accounts. Demon in disguise.”
@LoladeSowolu: “Shame on you @cenbank, for doing the bidding of your General. And on you Godwin Emefiele, for rubbishing this institution. You will not live forever.”
@Gidiwave: “Just so we are clear, Mr. Godwin Emefiele finds it hard to freeze the accounts of Politicians who have stolen billions, but in a few weeks, can freeze the accounts of youth who protest, and have spoken out against injustice.”
@FAGalileo: “Godwin Emefiele will go down as the WORST CBN Governor in Nigeria. What a crying Shame. He should continue with his ass licking.”
@Fidtoch: “Godwin Emefiele is the real definition of ‘a house Nigger’. Always ready to do the bidding of Master(s) with no consideration of his integrity whatsoever. Please @cenbank freeze inflation, not the accounts of #EndSARS protesters.”
@DokunOjomo: “Godwin Emefiele should cover his face in shame.”
@ThedispatcherHQ: “Godwin Emefiele is a dangerous sycophant; his role in trying to stop the #EndSARS movement in October, and going ahead to freeze the bank accounts of protesters, including @Gatefieldco’s, is not only idiotic, but very desperate to please the incompetent Mr. @MBuhari.”
@Geekinquest: “There is no fool like an old fool. Godwin Emefiele is a disgrace and a coward. I remember he was in that zoom call with Pamilerin and others. Yet he still slyed us #Endsars. May God give him unrest and unnecessary wahala till whenever.”
@Iam_Efe: “Protest resumes Monday, at @cenbank CBN HQ. Godwin Emefiele has started it, we will finish it. #EndSARS.”
@Tesam22: “Shame on you @cenbank for supporting the oppressors of Nigerians. Godwin Emefiele, be rest assured you will in no way escape justice, when Nigerian youths take over governance. @cenbank shame! Emefiele, double shame!”
@IamRouvafe: “Godwin Emefiele is just 59 years, he still has over 20 years of life to answer for his betrayal of Nigerian Youths who are no longer politically docile, and who are now out to claim what is rightfully theirs.”
@SirChuks: “Godwin Emefiele you have messed up Big time. Why do you allow yourself to be used by this wicked and failed government? You should be ashamed of yourself.”
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