Court summons Police DIG, two Banks MD over order to freeze Customer’s account

Court summons Police DIG, two Banks MD over order to freeze Customer’s account

Justice Mohammed Jibril of the Up­per Area Court of Nasarawa State sit­ting in Maraba, Gurku, has ordered the Deputy Inspector General of Po­lice, Force CID, Area 10, Garki, and two bank Managing Directors to appear be­fore it or face committal proceedings.

The affected bank is Standard Char­tered Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc.

The order was a sequel to an alleged order obtained by the Police from the Magistrate Court in the state to autho­rise the freezing of an account of a cus­tomer in the two banks in Lagos State.

Justice Jibril ordered the defen­dants to appear before the court over an order sought to be vacated and to explain who executed the order.

The court had earlier granted an or­der to the Police in two different suits delineated UAC/KAR/ 20/2023 and UAC/KAR/21/2023 it filed against the Access Bank Plc and Osareme Vera Archibong in the first and second re­spondents respectively.

While in the second suit, the po­lice had gotten an order or the court against the bank and the Manager Standard Chartered Bank Plc and Osareme Vera Archibong as respon­dents/applicants in the suit.

However, following an order ob­tained by the Police, the second re­spondent/applicant (Archibong) in the suits through her counsel, Mr. Emeka Ozoani (SAN) approached the court to vacate the order.
After his arguments and submis­sion before the court, the judge ordered the applicant (the DIG) to appear be­fore the court, noting that he found it difficult to be set aside.

In his ruling, the court said he has listened to the learned silk, Emeka Ozoani, (SAN) and Grace Agbal, for the 2nd respondent/applicant, and has the cause to peruse through the Criminal and Civil Complaint books and the record of this Court but found it extremely difficult to lay his hands on this order that sought to be set aside.

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