Banks reportedly ordered to shutdown facilities in Minna


Just few days ago, The Nigerian Government ordered all telecom operators to shut down their networks in Zamfara State.

Banks reportedly ordered to shutdown facilities in Minna
File photo: CBN office

This, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission in a letter to all telecom operators was ‘one of the strategies taken by security operatives in curbing banditry ravaging the state.’

“The pervading security situation in Zamfara State has necessitated an immediate shutting down of all telecommunications service in the state from today September 03, 2021”, Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission had noted in the letter.

Another facilities shutdown has occurred again, this time around in the Nigeria Banking Industry.

The Nigerian Tribune is reporting that ‘The Bankers’ Committee has allegedly ordered all Deposit Money Banks in Minna, Niger State’s capital, to shut down their branches and ATMs to customers effective from 10th September 2021 until further notice.’

The newspaper said the order was contained in a communique issued by the committee after a meeting held at the CBN office in Minna on Tuesday 9th September.

The directive was said to have been in reaction to the closure of commercial banks in Minna and the 3-day notice served to the other commercial outlets such as eateries , AEDC, among others over alleged bogus “tax liability claims by the Niger State Internal Revenue Service.”

In the communique, the committee was said to have requested the unconditional unsealing of all banking premises to allow for business operations beginning from 9th September, 2021.

Meanwhile, a visit to a branch of GT Bank at Tunga, near Tunga Market in Minna metropolis beside the Niger State Transport Authority ( NSTA) park at about 3:05 pm revealed that both the banking hall and the ATM galleries were closed to customers as of the time of the visit by the Sunday Tribune on Friday.

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