Naira Scarcity: Bankers directed to stay away from work over violent attacks

Daily Post reports that the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions, ASSBIFI, has sent out a message to its members.

The ASSBIFI, on Friday urged its members to steer clear of banking premises amid the violent attacks witnessed lately.

The National President of ASSBIFI, Olusoji Oluwaole, said members should stay off bank premises until normalcy is restored in affected states.

Following the new Naira policy and scarcity of currency, Nigerians had embarked on violent protests and attacking of banks in Delta, Edo, and Lagos States.

Some banks were burnt while their Atomated Teller Machine, ATMs, were destroyed.

Reacting to the protest, ATUC urged the government to ensure the protection of its members around commercial banks.

A statement by Oluwaole reads: “The National Secretariat has been inundated with reports of threats and attacks on lives and properties of members and bank branches and subsequently has been on the field to monitor and confirm the reports.

“We issued warnings and appeals to the government to provide security measures for the safety of lives and properties of our members within and around the bank premises, but regrettably, the attacks have continued without any form of security for the safety of our Members, and the recent being the attack today Friday 17th February 2023 on one bank branch at Epe, Lagos State.

“We cannot leave the lives and properties of our Members exposed to obvious danger.

“Consequently, All Members Should Today Immediately Stay Away from Work in any State where bank branches are attacked. This is to continue every day until normalcy is restored.”

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