- Stock Market Extends Losing Streak to Four Days
The equities market of the Nigerian Stock Exchange extended its decline on Thursday, as 26 firms recorded price depreciation.
The NSE market capitalisation fell to N14.820tn from N14.880tn on Wednesday. It rose to N14.930tn on Friday, last week, from N14.890tn the previous day.
The NSE All-Share Index dropped by 0.40 per cent to close at 40,914.94 basis points from 41,080.12bps on Wednesday and 41,218.72 bps on Friday.
Niger Insurance Company Plc led the losers’ table on Thursday, as its share price dropped by 7.41 per cent to close at N0.25. It was followed by Fidson Healthcare Plc, and May & Baker Nigeria Limited, which shed five per cent and 4.93 per cent to close at N5.13 and N2.70 per share, respectively.
Courtville Business Solutions Plc eased by 4.76 per cent to close at N0.20 per share; Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc dropped by 4.76 per cent to N0.20 per share, and Oando Plc lost 4.68 per cent to close at N8.15 per share.
Other losers were Wema Bank Plc, Japaul Oil & Maritime Service Plc, Dangote Flour Mills Plc, Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc and Forte Oil Plc.
Twenty-two stocks recorded price appreciation on Thursday, with Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc, Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc, Lasaco Assurance Plc, Okomu Oil Palm Plc and MRS Oil Nigeria Plc leading the pack.
CCNN appreciated by 9.96 per cent to close at N26.05 per share, while Veritas Kapital Assurance rose by 5.41 per cent to N0.39 per share.
The share price of Lasaco Assurance was up by 5.13 per cent to N0.41; Okomu Oil Palm gained five per cent to close at N85.05 per share, while MRS appreciated by 4.94 per cent to N29.75 per share.
Remove Face Mask When Using ATM, Banks Tell Customers
Face Mask May Cause ATM Transaction Failure, Banks Tell Customers
Deposit Money Banks have said due to their face recognition technology, customers wearing face masks may experience service failure while using the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).
In an email issued to customers by Fidelity Bank, the bank said why the use of face masks is important to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, customers should remove when performing ATM transactions.
The bank said “Wearing of face masks is a safety and precautionary measure we must all adhere to in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, we advise that you remove your face mask while making withdrawals or carrying out ATM transactions to allow our ATM properly recognise you.
“Fidelity Bank ATM machines have face detection features installed to curb incidences of fraudulent ATM withdrawals.
“Consequently, you may not be able to carry out any transaction if our ATMs are not able to properly recognise you. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause you.”
Meanwhile, Guaranty Trust Bank plc continues to ease accessibility for all customers and advised customers to protect themselves.
GTBank said, “When visiting any of our branches, kindly protect yourself by wearing a face mask at all times. It is also very important that you keep a safe distance when in a queue inside or outside the branch.
“Before visiting any of our branches, please remember that you can withdraw up to N150,000 at all our ATMs and that you can do most of your banking from the safety of your home.”
Access Bank in Talks to Acquire Cavmont Bank
Access Bank to Acquire Cavmont Bank in Zambia
Access Bank Plc on Wednesday announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary in Zambia, Access Bank Zambia Limited (Access Bank Zambia) is in talks to acquire Cavmont Bank Limited, a subsidiary of Cavmont Capital.
According to the statement signed by Mr. Sunday Ekwochi, Company Secretary, Access Bank and released on the Nigerian Stock Exchange website on Wednesday, the ongoing discussions is to acquire 100 percent of Cavmont Capital’s interest in Cavmont Bank.
However, the lender said “there can be no certainty that a transaction will be agreed, nor as to the terms of any such agreement.
“The completion of a transaction would be subject to formal regulatory approvals. Access Bank will be updating the market as appropriate and in accordance with its disclosure obligations.”
The lender, therefore, advised shareholders to exercise caution when dealing in Access Bank’s securities.
Investors King Ltd note: This announcement further threw more lights on the recent purchases of Access Bank’s shares by Herbert Wigwe, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Access Bank.
The CEO/MD purchased 7.532 million of Access Bank‘s shares in the last one month.
Mohammed Umar is the New Acting Chairman of EFCC
Buhari Appoints Mohammed Umar as EFCC Acting Chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed, Mohammed Umar, the director of operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as the new Acting Chairman of the agency, according to the NAN.
A top official of the commission confirmed to NAN that Umar has taken charge of the agency following the suspension of Ibrahim Magu, the former acting Chairman.
Ibrahim Magu was suspended by the President on Tuesday following series of allegations bordering on frauds, financial misappropriations and abuse of power.
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