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#ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by Investogist: 9:10pm On Nov 04, 2020
Top Nigerian Bank Sued for Blocking Protest-Linked Accounts

Access Bank Plc, Nigeria’s biggest lender, is accused of illegally blocking an account used to promote media coverage of protests against police brutality that recently swept Africa’s most populous country.

Gatefield Nigeria Ltd., a public affairs company, filed a case against Access Bank in a federal court in Abuja, the capital, on Oct. 28, accusing the lender of “unilaterally restricting” its account and demanding damages of 100 million naira ($262,000), according to court documents. The account was used to raise funds to support independent Nigerian journalists that covered nationwide demonstrations that lasted almost three weeks, according to the firm.

“As more people contributed to our efforts, we noticed that we could no longer conduct transactions on the dedicated account we used for this particular activity,” Adewunmi Emoruwa, the lead strategist for Abuja-based Gatefield, said Tuesday by phone.

The lawsuit will test whether blocking Gatefield’s account without a court order was unlawful. There were other allegations by individuals and organizations on social media that their accounts were restricted during the protests for apparently similar reasons.

“A successful challenge at the court could make the difference for others who were likewise targeted,” Emoruwa said.

Gatefield was told by Access Bank that it was directed by the Central Bank of Nigeria to put restrictions on the account, implemented on Oct. 15, Emoruwa said. A spokesman for Access Bank said the lender doesn’t comment on its customers to third parties. A spokesman for the central bank didn’t respond to emails and calls seeking comment.

Human Rights Watch, the New York-headquartered rights group has “documented several cases of organizations and individuals whose bank accounts were frozen after receiving or disbursing funds to support the #EndSARS protests,” its Nigeria researcher, Anietie Ewang, said by email.

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-11-04/top-nigerian-bank-sued-for-blocking-account-linked-to-protesters?__twitter_impression=true

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by thebosstrevor1: 9:14pm On Nov 04, 2020
Una never see something.

All those involved in destruction shall all face the wrath of the law.

If i was president, the protest won't have even happened

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by Nobody: 9:33pm On Nov 04, 2020
Oga, your personal account was used to paying donations, no government will fold his hands and watch you, government want to know those people who donated it into your account.

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by TalkTalkTwins(m): 9:55pm On Nov 04, 2020
From the article above, the organizations weren't supporting the protesters, rather the journalists

So the government were also trying to fight Nigerian journalists from covering the #EndSARS protests?
Wow...that's wonderful
Day by day, more facts are emerging

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by OralB: 9:55pm On Nov 04, 2020
Instead of wasting your time on some fruitless ENdSARs protest, why not start selling oralB?

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by abumeinben(m): 9:56pm On Nov 04, 2020
This reminds me of the case between US government and Apple over a man who the FBI wanted badly and they got his iPhone. FBI contacted Apple for the unlocking but Apple refused that it's the privacy and data protection policy of the company. FBI had to look for other means to break into the phone. One of the reasons Apple iPhone is highly trusted, sort of.

The bank has no right to freeze customer's account. I listened to Peterside on Arise TV and he confirmed this. Lawlessness has its root in this country's leadership and it sprouts in the media, military, Police force, civil service, and particularly in the courts.

I hope Access Bank loses this case angry

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by GRACEGLORY: 9:56pm On Nov 04, 2020
Protest is simply a public expression of objection, against an idea. And could be financed by anyone who shares same view or perspective.
Under Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), every person is entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons... et’ cetera. If hoodlums hijacked it, that doesn’t make the protesters bad people. You mean if a plane is hijacked, the pilots are bad people...?


This is where we gon’ see the psychological lapses in the typical Nigerian mindset... Those who don’t know nor understand what is, what should, and what ought to be. Yet, they’d claim to be educated without information, and narrow minds.


Yet, they’re being fried all round by the effects from same confused government.


They’re about to trigger another protest.

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by Hotzone(m): 9:56pm On Nov 04, 2020
Rubbish

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by Andyblaze: 9:56pm On Nov 04, 2020
I Wan consult person
Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by MrBanner(m): 9:56pm On Nov 04, 2020
Very good! We have to rise up to impunity in this country or else our children will suffer more than we have suffered! Imagine the likes of El Rufai's son and zombies like Dawisu or even Desmond Elliot who are being groomed by these old timers to succeed them. Imagine what will happen to my children if El Rufai's son becomes president in 30 years from now? I'm a devout muslim but I'm not a fool. It's time we put this religion thing beside us and fight to have a better system than what we have now. A system that actually works! It doesn't matter the religion of who seats on that seat, what matters is that things start working in this country for Pete's sake!

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by Lagosfinder(m): 9:56pm On Nov 04, 2020
Acess
Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by sammysmiles(m): 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
The way corruption has eaten deep into this nation ehnnnn

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by babyfaceafrica: 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
Cannot win d case

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by THEprometheus: 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
gidson12:


Bros u no get sense........for real!
No sense at all. Himself and the other idiot up there are the problems of Nigeria

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by JoeEeL(m): 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
thebosstrevor1:
Una never see something.

All those involved in destruction shall all face the wrath of the law.

If i was president, the protest won't have even happened

Why do your statements reek of the feeling that you uncontrollably convulse when you type or speak?

Learn to be calming down like your president's lifeless body in a Saudi shallow grave. cool

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by lonlytroy(m): 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
Nice one

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by Nazgul: 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
Access bank are nothing but criminals.. all they know how to do is to block and steal money from customers account. They should fine them 20billion naira. Nonsense people

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by Ewizard(m): 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
grin

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by visijo(m): 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
You bleach yourself but you can't speak English.
Now how will you be communicating with your fellow whites?��‍♂️

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by GreaterFuture(m): 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
Too bad, too too bad. A shame and a Disgrace
Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by DoubleEngine007: 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
gidson12:


Bros u no get sense........for real!
Sense no dey with am at all. Evil people..

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by Butoneday2(m): 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
thebosstrevor1:
Una never see something.

All those involved in destruction shall all face the wrath of the law.

If i was president, the protest won't have even happened
You are senseless

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by Slynation(m): 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
It's well o
Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by LibertyRep: 9:57pm On Nov 04, 2020
So the blocking of account and restriction of flight might be true after all.

This will still be resisted by the masses.

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by thebosstrevor1: 9:58pm On Nov 04, 2020
gidson12:


Bros u no get sense........for real!

ok
Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by Heavensent01(m): 9:58pm On Nov 04, 2020
what about BHT account ? when has Buhari suspended or trace their account?


Buhari need wisdom to levelled up with human reasoning

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by jaxxy(m): 9:58pm On Nov 04, 2020
Sue all of them including cbn. Blocking people’s accounts cos they protested? undecided

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Re: #ENDSARS: Access Bank Sued By Gatefield For Freezing Account by FILEBE(m): 9:58pm On Nov 04, 2020
If this is true that the government ordered the account to be frozen because of the endsars protest. Then, the government is wrong . Yes, they are, if they have done anything wrong , why don't you charge them to court? Why all these subtle or secret reprimand or whatever you call it.

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