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Lagos State Judicial Panel Of Inquiry that was set up to address the issue of police brutality, has been suspended due to the absence of two youth representatives – Oluwarinu ‘Savvy Rinu’ Oduala and Temitope Majekodunmi.

Their absence may be connected to the freezing of the accounts of 19 individuals and a public affairs company linked to the #EndSARS protests in which Oduala is said to have been affected.

CBN obtained a court order for the move on Friday in pursuant to a motion ex parte filed by the apex bank on October 20, 2020 before Federal High Court in Abuja.

The court order has directed the affected banks to freeze all transactions on the accounts for a period of 180 days pending the outcome of an investigation currently being conducted by the CBN.

The absence of the youth representatives has now forced the panel to adjourn sitting for a week.

Chairperson of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi (rtd.), said the panel would have to suspend Saturday sitting, as it could not form a quorum in the absence of the youth members of the panel.

She announced that the panel will reconvene on November 14 after major consultation with stakeholders.

The Federal Government has come under heavy censure for allegedly going after vocal advocates of #EndSARS protests by freezing their accounts and placing them on travel ban.

The Federal Government has however denied placing a travel ban and creating a no-fly list, on front-liners of the protester, Modupe ‘Moe’ Odele was prevented from traveling out of the country on Monday and her passport has since been seized.

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