Unity Bank breaks silence on alleged diversion of N134million investment funds meant for civil servants.
Recall Brand Spur Nigeria earlier reported that workers under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASSN), Ogun State stormed the Ita-Eko branch of Unity Bank with placards in their hands, the aggrieved senior civil servants said: “Funds Not Safe In Unity Bank,” “Unity Bank Stole Our Money”, “No Refund, No Retreat, No Surrender.”
Reacting via a press statement made available to Brand Spur Nigeria, Unity Bank said they acted with the authority of the customer, ASCSN.
Unity Bank said, “The attention of the Bank has been drawn to the action of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) in Abeokuta. Going by all available records regarding the ASCSN account and transactions, Unity Bank hereby states that there’s completely no wrongdoing on the part of the Bank who acted professionally in the interest of the Association.
“Till date, the Bank has thus carried out all financial transactions in line with the mandate, instructions, and authority of the customer (ie the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria).
“Until proven otherwise, the Bank can therefore not be held liable for any complaints of ASCSN since the instructions for the transfer of the sum of money totaling N54.8m were duly authorized by the association.
“The Bank, in carrying out the transactions sent sms notifications as well as rendered periodic account statements of the financial activity on the account.
“The Bank wishes to advise members of ASCSN to await the outcome of the reconciliation to determine if the mandate upon which the Bank acted fails to tally with the authorized signatories submitted by the association.
“The CBN is aware of the issues and we held meeting with them last Friday but the people picketing the Bank are merely embarking on a needless smear campaign instead awaiting outcome of the reconciliation process.