No opening of two banks damaged by Apapa mob till further notice
- Perhaps, the losses of life and other properties, including torching two banks would have been avoided had the trigger- happy police man was not equipped. Today, nobody knows how far the affected banks will remain shut and its impact on their customers…Read more:
Two banks -Sterling Bank and Diamond Bank- which were damaged by a mob protesting the killing of a tanker driver by a police man will remain shut infifinitely, according to the managements of the affected banks.
Recall that on Wednesday, policeman, who allegedly shot and killed a tanker driver over non payment of parcking fee reportedly ran into the Diamond Bank and later escappped to Sterling bank on creek road, leading to damaging of the two bank branches.
But in seperate reactions on Friday, managements of the affected banks announced that the affteded brabch willremaunsgut pending conclysionof investigationof the crisis by the the police .
In a statement, Head, Corporate Communications, Chioma Afe, said there was a fire incident as a reuktnif the mobaction, and which had caused some collateral damage on the bank’s building and its facilities.
She further stated that the bank was assessing the vokumebidvdanage abd cistsvif reoaure , which is to be collaborated by the police ll set ablaze by an angry mob after a policeman allegedly shot dead a trailer driver outside the bank premises.
“We had a fire incident at our branch office on Creek Road, Apapa which severely damaged branch infrastructure as a result of mob action.
“While the situation is under control, we are working with the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies to investigate actions leading to the fire incident.
“These investigations are ongoing, the branch will be closed to customers for their safety and to allow for completion of all repairs”.
“We will continue to provide updates to our customers via our social media platforms and print media and we urge those customers in the Apapa area to use our broad range of alternate delivery channels, including all the online apps
”For those who need to visit a branch location, our closest branches to the Apapa area are situated in Ebute Metta,
The Sterling Bank spokesman, Kunle Odusanya, in his comments said the affected branch would not be reopened until avthorough investigation is carried out.
“The damage went beyond the bank’s properties and other facilities, the customers’ money was looted by the mob and until the conclusion of the investigation, it would difficukt ascertaining the volume of losses suffered.
” Even if we wan to resume our normal business activities in the branch, the fact that the law enforcement agencies are still investigating the matter, we shall malls give them time to finish their work.
” Our custoners will continue to enjoy our online services , in addition to use of the nearest branches within the metropolis. Our branches are in FESTAC and Mike Two and adjoinning areas. ”
When contacted, an official of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) said the Investigation and Evaluation unit of the corporation had been drafted to work to with the police in determining the volume of losses suffeted by the two affected banks.
The official said: “The only bank money that is covered by the Act establishing NDIC is those ones already recorded and transmitted to the appropriate offices at close of daily transactions, meaning that on the counter cash falls outside the range coverred by the Inurance.”