Zenith Bank Branches in Imo State are being raided by Nigerian police

Following a court order against the bank, police have locked all of Zenith Bank’s branches in Owerri, Imo State.
Police officers were stationed at the doors to all of the bank’s branches as a result of the incident, which left employees and customers stranded on Thursday.

According to a bank staffer, the cops were enforcing a court order against the bank and the Imo State government.

According to The Punch, in a suit filed by a former deputy governor of Imo state, Eze Madumere, over his entitlements, the National Industrial Court in Owerri issued an absolute garnishee order against the bank.

“The officers are implementing an absolute garnishee order against Zenith Bank in a matter brought by a former deputy governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, against the Imo state government over his outstanding entitlements by the state government,” the staff member was reported as saying.

“The order is for N1.9 billion in entitlements, and the cops have arrived to carry out the court order.” Declan Emelumba, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, claims the decision was made in error.

According to the Commissioner:

“The judge who handed down the decision did so in such a way that he colluded with the people against the Imo State government.” “How could a judge make a decision, restrict the defendants from appealing it, and give them only 24 hours to carry it out?” There appears to be a vested interest, in my opinion. We’re looking into various legal possibilities to get the order revoked. The decision can’t hold up to any kind of legal scrutiny. It’s a kangaroo decision. A former deputy governor’s total compensation is less than N200 million. So, I’m curious as to why a judge would order the payment of such a fictitious sum.

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“There are cops in Imo state, but they went to Umuahia and brought cops from Zone 9.” Nobody can persuade the government to do anything. We will not be intimidated. For the sake of the people of Imo state, we must do what is right.”

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