Tuesday 31 March 2015

FCT banks close operation for security reasons

FCT banks close operation for security

Most commercial banks in Abuja, the Federal
Capital Territory, shut down there operations at
about 2 p.m. on Tuesday, following alledged
security challenges occassioned by the general

Some of the banks visited by newsmen
included Zenith Bank, Guarantee Trust (GTB),
Ecobank, Unity Bank, Fidelity Bank, Diamond Bank
and First Bank of Nigeria.

At the GTB, Area 3, Abuja, most customers who
came to make transactions at about 1.35 p.m. were
not allowed into the bank. According to an official of
the bank, who preferred anonymity, the bank’s
managment directed its closure by 1 p.m.

attributed the closure to fear of the unknown and
the outcome of the ongoing collation of presidential

A customer at the bank, Mr Joseph Haruna, said he
received a mail from GTB, informing him that the
bank would close at 2 p.m., only to get to the bank
at 1.37 p.m. and was told it closed at 1 p.m. Another
customer at Fidelity Bank in Area 8, Abuja, Mrs
Florence Joshua, told pressmen that she did not get
any advance notice from the bank concerning
Joshua said,“ I am very angry and disappointed
with my bank, Fidelity, because they did not inform
me about their closure and this transaction I want
to make is very important that I do it today.

Also at
the First Bank in Central Area, some customers
were seen performing various transactions at the

Mr Gabriel Uche, a customer, said he learnt
the First Bank would be closed at 2 p.m., prompting
him to rush to the bank to send some money to his
family for the Easter celebration.

However, at the Unity Bank and Diamond Bank,
officials of the banks, who prefered anonymity, said
the banks had not given any notice of closure.

official at the Diamond Bank said that the bank
might decide to shut down before 4 p.m. because of
fear of the unknown. It was observed that the
Automated Teller Machines in the various banks
were dispensing cash with only few customers.

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