First Bank considers shutting down operations over attacks

CITIZENS COMPASS- FOLLOWING attacks on bank workers over scarcity of Naira notes, First Bank of Nigeria Plc has said it will only open its branches where it is safe to do so following the naira crunch saga in the country.

Recalls that the Old Generation bank had closed its offices in Kaduna for fear of attack by frustrated customers.

Many  customers who were anxious to get money from their savings were disappointed on Thursday, February 9, 2023,  in Kaduna as the bank quietly invited security operatives to man the locked gate to forestall any eventuality.

While reacting via a statement on Thursday, First Bank Plc Public Affairs Manager, Dr John Bundiga said those attacking bank branches make it more difficult for bankers to play their part in resolving the challenge “we collectively faced.”

According to him: “We know these are challenging times and our commitment to support does not waver. We will keep our doors open and have greatly increased capacity across all our electronic platforms.”

He added that where they observe skirmishes around certain locations, they may have to temporarily shut their doors as they take the safety and welfare of their staff seriously.

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