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Court bars banks from releasing N11.79bn to Ajetunmobi couple, companies

A Lagos State High Court sitting at Ikoyi, Lagos has granted a Mareva injunction restraining all commercial banks in Nigeria from releasing  N11,795,090,000 to a couple, Mr Bamise Samson Ajetunmobi, his wife Mrs Elizabeth Anuoluwapo Ajetunmobi, and their companies, Imagine Global Holding Company Ltd, Imagine Global Solutions Ltd, pending the hearing of an application filed against them by a group of investors.

Justice Taofiquat Abdullahi Oyekan-Abdullai granted the order on October 24, 2021 following an October 15, 2021 ex-parte application in Suit no: LD/579CM/2021, filed by the investors through their counsel, Adetunji Adedoyin-Adeniyi.

The claimants/applicants are aggrieved Nigerians who heavily invested their funds in Imagine Global  and according to motion, the N11,795 billion is the outstanding investments and return on investments accruing to the Claimants/Applicants from the defendants.

The court barred, in the interim, the banks from dealing in any manner whatsoever with any and all monies and/or whatsoever assets due to the Defendants from any accounts maintained by the 1st – 4th Defendants and also all accounts with BVN: 22168443525 (3d Defendant) and BVN:22141952749 (4th Defendant), wherever situate up to the N11,795,090,000

The mareva injunction also restrained the defendants, in the interim, from dealing with any and all of the monies standing to their credit in any accounts in the banks up to the amount.

It further restrained the defendants from selling, transferring, assigning and/or dealing with the following properties: Apartment 7, Oakwood Residences, 23, Cooper Street, Ikoyi, Lagos and B4, Gate 3, Lafiaji Road, Victoria Crescent Estate, Olugborogon, Chevron, Lekki, Lagos or any other properties of the 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th Defendants that can be traced and located by Claimants/ Applicants during the pendency of the suit.

The judge directed the banks to file and serve on the Claimants/Applicants’ Counsel within 7 days of service of the order on them, an affidavit disclosing the balance on the defendants’ accounts.

It directed the applicants to file an undertaking as to damage in case the order ought not to have been made.

The matter resumes November 3.

The banks are Guaranty Trust Bank, Access Bank, Citi Bank Nigeria, Ecobank Nigeria, Fidelity Bank, First Bank, First City Monument Bank, Globus Bank, Heritage Bank, Jaiz Bank, Keystone Bank, Polaris Bank, Providus Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Sterling Bank, Union Bank, United Bank For Africa, Unity Bank, Wema Bank and Zenith Bank.

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