For failing to load the Automated Teller Machines, ATMs, of his commercial bank despite having N29 million of the redesigned Naira notes in the bank’s vaults, an Operations Manager whose name and bank’s identity was withheld has been arrested and taken for questioning in Abuja.
This information on Monday credited to the Spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Commission, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said the bank official was whisked away for further questioning by the agency’s operatives.
He was however taken away, not without the operatives ordering the loading of all the ATMs and the payment of the stipulated amount across the counter.
This action was said to be to the delight of the distraught customers who had spent hours on queues without getting the new notes.
According to EFCC, “This discovery, which indicates a sabotage of the government’s monetary policy by some banks, was made by the EFCC in continuation of the ongoing surveillance and visit to banks across the country to access their vaults and verify whether they were deliberately refusing to dispense the redesigned Naira notes. More than five bank branches were covered today by the operatives in Abuja. Similar exercises were ongoing in Zonal Commands across the country.
The operation, the agency assured will continue until normalcy is restored to the banking system.
The agency wants Nigerians who are finding it difficult to access their funds at any bank and suspects foul play to report to the commission, for immediate intervention.