A man said to operate an account with First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in Education bus-stop, Port Harcourt, Rivers State dies after the bank refused to honour a cheque from him by his relative.
Brand Spur Nigeria learnt that the incident occurred on Monday.
An eyewitness blamed the death of the man (middle-aged) on “frustration, and unfriendly treatment” by FCMB’s customer service attendants.
According to BBC Pidgin, the eyewitness, named Kelvin Pepple said: “The man who had been long sick has been trying to collect money since Friday last week, but “dem no gree pay am”.
Pepple added that: “The bank told a son of the now-deceased man who followed him to the bank to bring affidavit from the court before they will pay him.
“The man died inside the taxi as the family was exerting means to get the affidavit.”
The Police arrived at the bank to try to put the situation under control, as the crowd continue to gather outside the bank premises.
As of the time of filing this report, the management of FCMB is yet to respond with its own version of the story.
Paternity Scandal: Adam Nuru Remains MD, FCMB
Meanwhile, Brand Spur Nigeria reports that four months after Adam Nuru’s unethical conduct with a female staff of the bank, Moyo Thomas, Nuru still remains the Managing Director of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), on the bank’s website.
Nuru was in December 2020 enmeshed in a marriage scandal with Moyo Thomas, one of the bank’s former female staff members.
Tunde Thomas, the husband of the woman in contention, had died on December 16 reportedly from depression and cardiac arrest.
Thomas reportedly died of depression after he realized that his two children were allegedly fathered by the bank MD.
However, the bank in a statement on January 1, 2021, said it was aware of the allegations making the rounds against Nuru.
FCMB Group Head, Corporate Affairs, Diran Olojo, said the bank’s board of directors had already commenced a review into the matter, adding that its findings would be disclosed in due course.
“We are aware of several stories circulating across several media platforms about our bank’s Managing Director, Adam Nuru; a former employee, Moyo Thomas, and her deceased husband, Mr. Tunde Thomas,” the statement said.
“While this is a personal matter, the tragedy of the death of Mr. Tunde Thomas and the allegations of unethical conduct require the bank’s board to conduct a review of what transpired, any violations of our code of ethics, and the adequacy of this code of ethics.
“This is already underway. During the period of the review, the managing director has volunteered to proceed on leave. This will guarantee the sanctity of the review process.”
And indeed, on Wednesday, January 6, FCMB issued a press release stating that Mrs. Yemisi Edun would be acting as the Managing Director of the bank in the interim period while Mr Adam Nuru was on leave.
The bank stated that it was in line with normal corporate practices.
“In line with normal corporate practice, Mrs. Yemisi Edun is Acting as the Managing Director of FCMB in the interim period while Mr Adam Nuru is on leave,” the statement read.
However, some friends of the late Tunde Thomas suspected that the embattled Managing Director might have been quietly returned to office.
A check on FCMB website (https://www.fcmb.com/mr-adam-nuru-managing-director) on Tuesday, April 27 showed that Nuhu was listed as the Managing Director of the bank while Edun was listed as the Executive Director, Finance.