In line with efforts to conduct investigation into some some suspicious financial activities, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the receipt of a court order from the Abuja Federal High Court, to freeze eleven bank accounts. The apex bank made this known in a disclosure on its website on Wednesday.
According to the central bank in the disclosure which is to be published on its website for the next three days and signed by Awase Igba, the Registrar, the said investigation was in connection with Oluwatoyosi Suwebat Oladipo, a said female assistant manager of the Central bank, Central Business District, Abuja.
The CBN document also revealed that the motion exparte which was dated March 12 and filed on March 16 sought the mandatory order of the court directing First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited to freeze all transactions on accounts and all other bank accounts of the defendants for a period of 180 days pending the outcome of investigation and inquiry currently being conducted by the apex bank.
Also, the CBN as the plaintiff listed the names of the defendants/respondents as Albert Austin Ugochukwu with two bank accounts; Belfour Energy & Allied Services; Belfour Oil and Gas Limited with three bank accounts; Circle Flow Integrated Services; Kacynaus Reality Nigeria Limited with three bank accounts; and Tasmara Integrated Services.
Elsewhere, A.R. Mohammed, who is the presiding Judge at the Abuja High Court, in a signed document, empowered the central bank and directing the head office of the stated commercial bank (FCMB) to freeze all transactions on the bank accounts for a 45 days period pending the outcome of the proposed investigation conducted by the apex bank. According to the document, as disclosed by the CBN, any individual affected by the order was entitled to approach the court to seek to set aside, discharge or have the order reviewed for good reasons as the order was renewable on expiration but only on good reasons shown.