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Close Access Bank Accounts, #EndSARS Protesters Fight Tyranny, Abuse of Power With Account Closure

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Several Nigerian youths have started completing the Access Bank account closing form following the decision of the bank to restrict bank accounts of #EndSARS protesters without a court order.

In a series of tweets, the protesters accused the lender of abusing its power by implementing the Central Bank of Nigeria’s directive to freeze bank accounts of #EndSARS leaders without a court order.

According to them, they can no longer trust the bank with their vital details, especially with the Federal Government seizing passport and arresting protesters across the nation.

One of the youths, Oloye @oloye_ on Twitter, said they were not forcing people to close their bank accounts with the lender but they were certain that if the government decides to perform a raid on dissenting voices, Access Bank would not hesitate to give up their details.

A bank that doesn’t respect the rule of law“, he said.

Another person, Peter Ogunsona @pitharoy, said “It is very sad that a bank can liaise with GOVERNMENT — and instantly closed accounts of peaceful #EndSARS protesters without court order.

“It is obvious that ACCESS BANK can disclose our private information (home address, phones numbers) if the need arise.”

This was after the lender released a statement stating it acted in line with banking regulation.

In the statement titled “We are for you, always”, Access Bank said “we want to express our sympathy for the inconvenience that eight (*) of our customers are going through due to the restrictions on their accounts as mandated by a Federal court order. We are eager for this to be resolved as soon as possible.

However, the Nigerian youths refuted the bank’s reason and insisted that it did without a court order as it took the Central Bank of Nigeria almost two weeks after the restrictions to secure a valid court order.

Some claimed Stanbic IBTC, one of the leading lenders in Nigeria, resisted the central bank’s directive without a valid court order. A position applauded by the youths.

Others said Access Bank is working with the Federal Government to clampdown on dissent voices. A user, Salman, explained that since it is compulsory for a serving youth corps member to open an Access Bank account during the one year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), people should know they are working with the federal government.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Oil-producing States Receive N35bn Allocation as FG, States, LGs Share N699bn in December

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The sum of N699.824 billion was allocated to the three tiers of government in December, 2021, the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) says.

It further disclosed that the oil-producing states in the country received N35.297 billion as 13 percent derivation revenue.

A communiqué issued at a virtual meeting of FAAC for January 2022 revealed the above.

In its breakdown, the federal government got the sum of N279.457 billion, the state governments received N221.190 billion, and the local government councils were given N163.879 billion which amounted to N699.824 billion.

The North-east Development Commission (NEDC) also got an allocation of N5.796 billion.

According to the communique, the total distributable revenue of N699.824 billion is made up of distributable statutory revenue of N507.267 billion, distributable value-added tax (VAT) revenue of N187.409 billion, and exchange gain of N5.148 billion.

The FAAC recorded an increase of N5.080 billion in December as its gross revenue obtained from the value-added tax was N201.255 billion compared to the N196.175 recorded in November.

“The sum of N5.796 billion allocation to the North-east Development Commission (NEDC) and N8.050 billion cost of the collection were deducted from the N201.255 billion gross VAT revenue, resulting in the distributable VAT revenue of N187.409 billion.

“From the N187.409 billion VAT revenue available for distribution, the federal government received N28.111 billion, states got N93.705 billion, while the local government councils received N65.593 billion,” it stated.

The statement further showed records of an increase in companies’ income tax (CIT) and value-added tax (VAT), while petroleum profit tax (PPT) and oil and gas royalties clearly decreased. Also, it was recorded that import and excise duties decreased marginally.

It explained that the Federal government got N2.461 billion from the total exchange gain revenue of N5.148 billion; states received N1.248 billion; local government councils received N0.962 billion while N0.477 billion was shared to oil-producing states as 13 percent derivation revenue.

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Fidelity Bank Enriches Customers, Holds Second Draw of GAIM 5 Promo

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Leading African financial institution, Fidelity Bank PLC, has announced the second set of millionaires in its Get Alert in Millions Season 5 promo (GAIM 5) which held recently in Victoria Island, Lagos.  

The event was witnessed by representatives of regulatory organisations which include: Ms Oyinkan Kusamotu, Senior Legal Officer, Lagos State Lotteries & Gaming Authority; Mr Tanko Mohammed, Head, Monitoring & Enforcement, Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority; Mrs Susie Onwuka, Head, Lagos Office, Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and Ms Chioma Amanoh, Lagos Office, National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).

Since the commencement of the fifth season of the promo in November 2021, the bank has enriched over 460 customers with various cash prizes. So far, 10 lucky customers have been rewarded with a million naira each. This month, Fidelity Bank has continued its tradition of rewarding loyal customers which has seen Ajoma Rachel, Stanley Sunday, Musbahu Kabiru, Usman Abdulkadir, John Uchechukwu, Oluwatayo Oladipupo, Esther Eloho, Sophia Sefera, Amarachi Sarah Anyacho, and Obi Chinelo emerge as the next set of millionaires in the promo.

Commenting on the event, Dr. Ken Okpara, Executive Director overseeing the Bank’s Lagos and Southwest Directorate, stated that, “As a bank that places our customers at the centre of everything we do, we are always looking for opportunities to help our customers grow. Two months ago, we kicked off the GAIM 5 promo to reward our customers and demonstrate our commitment to improving their lives and wellbeing. Today, we are excited at how happy we have made some of our most loyal customers. We remain committed to providing rewarding experiences and best-in-class services for our clients.”

Also speaking at the event, the Divisional Head, Product Development, Osita Ede stated that: We have earmarked the sum of N125million for total cash rewards this season which we would be giving out in weekly, monthly and grand draws till the campaign ends in July 2022. We encourage our customers to save up to increase their chance of winning and those yet to open an account to do so today. At the end of the campaign season, we want to celebrate customers who make savings second nature.

Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged commercial bank operating in Nigeria, with about 6million customers who are serviced across its 250 business offices and digital banking channels. The bank is known for exceptional customer service and digital innovation.

L-R: Tanko Mohammed, Head, Monitoring & Enforcement, Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority; Osita Ede, Head, Product Development, Fidelity Bank Plc; Cynthia Ogbonna, Team Lead, Brand Management, Fidelity Bank Plc; Meksley Nwagboh, Divisional Head, Brand & Communications, Fidelity Bank Plc; and Susie Onwuka, Head, Lagos Office, Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC); at the second month draw of the Get Alert in Millions Season 5 (GAIM 5) Savings Promo held in Lagos on Thursday

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Loan Default: AMCON Takes Over IBEDC

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Further to the judgment of the Federal High Court on the 8th of September 2021, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has announced its takeover of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).

This is following the electricity distribution company’s default in a loan servicing agree­ment executed with Polar­is Bank.

“AMCON has been ap­pointed receiver/manager over all the Assets of In­tegrated Energy Distribu­tion and Marketing Lim­ited as stipulated in the instruments executed in favour of AMCON by vir­tue of the Loan Purchase and Limited Servicing Agreement executed with Polaris Bank Limited dat­ed 30th November 2018 and a Notice of Appointment of the Receiver/Manager dated August 6th, 2021, which was duly stamped by the Commissioner for Stamp Duties”, a statement from AMCON reads.

AMCON further revealed that it has appointed Osayaba Giwa-Osagie to take over the entire undertakings on the IBEDC, including the assets, shares and interests in related companies and entities, and also monies kept in any of the 25 banks in Nigeria.

Investors King gathered that AMCON’s takeover might also not be unconnected to some crisis inside the power company, a development which has reportedly affected its ser­vice delivery to customers.

IBEDC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Engineer John Ayodele however allayed the fears of the IBEDC staff.

“I hereby wish to inform all staff that there is no cause for alarm. We are assured of job security which entails our position/duties in the company, being entitlements to our salaries and other benefits etc.”, he said.

Investors King recalls that the IBEDC, during a stakeholders’ meeting in May 2021 had disclosed that it secured N4.2billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to improve power supply to its numerous customers in Ogun State.

According to Ayodele, the facility would be channelled into building lines to improve power/electricity supply to the communities. He had also revealed that 80 percent of the money collected by IBEDC goes for other services, adding that the company has lost over N3billion in estimated billing.

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