First Bank of Nigeria Limited has refitted some media reports that its branches in the South-East part of the country have been closed due to the rising insecurity in the region.
The bank said that its branches in the South-East and in other parts of the country are “fully open for business”.
There have rising insecurity in the South-East following recent attacks on security forces and Federal Government institutions in the states of the region.
People of the area, who bore the major brunt of the Civil War that ended in 1970 have been crying against palpable marginalisation in sensitive appointments by the Federal Government, especially the incumbent administration of Muhammadu Buhari.
Many believe that the heightened insecurity in that part of Nigeria is due largely to the agitations by the youths who feel frustrated that they were being treated more like exiles even in their country.
First Bank’s Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, in a statement on Wednesday, dismissed reports that any such action was taken by the bank.
The statement reads,
“This is to inform the public that our South-East branches are fully open for business. Please disregard any news making the rounds that is contrary to this. Thank you.”