Tuesday, April 23, 2024

ICPC arrests Sterling Bank officials for ‘hoarding’ N258m new notes

The Regional and Service managers of Sterling Bank Plc in Abuja have been ‘arrested’ by the Independent Corrupt Practices (ICPC) for ‘hoarding’ N258 million of the new naira notes.

The commission, in a statement made available the press on Tuesday said the fund was stashed in the vault of the bank at its head office in Abuja.

According to the commission, “Operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) last week Friday, discovered the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty-Eight Million Naira (N258m) stashed in the vault at the head office of Sterling Bank in Abuja.

“This discovery followed one of the Commission’s operations at ensuring that commercial banks and other interest groups do not flout the apex bank’s directive.

“When the ICPC monitoring team visited the bank and discovered the stashed new Naira notes in the bank’s vault, it was informed that the cash was the remnant of what the CBN had given the bank for onward distribution to its branches.

“The team however found out that only the sum of Five Million Naira (N5m) each was distributed to their various branches.

“Both the Regional and Service managers were arrested and later granted administrative bail while investigation continues.”

A few days ago, NEWSWATCHplus had reported how officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) discovered N6 million of the new naira notes hoarded in the bank, Ado Ekiti branch, in Ekiti State, having received the funds for over two weeks. In a trending video on social media, a man who identified himself as Oluwole Owoeye, a deputy director of CBN, while monitoring the distribution of the new naira notes in the state, was seen questioning the bank officials as to why they have not uploaded the funds into their Automated Teller Machines, (ATMs), despite having six of the machines in place. The CBN director also announced a fine of N1 million for each day the fund was in the bank’s custody.



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