[News] : Bank sued for N50m over rights violation

A bank customer, Anthony Okpala has filed a N50m suit against Eco bank at the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja for allegedly infringing on his human rights.

Okpala, a Lagos-based businessman and the Chief Executive Officer of Mashuchun International Ltd, in a 29-paragraphed affidavit in support of his action stated that his travails with the bank started when he was invited to the Ikotun, Lagos, branch of the bank by one Mr. Agwu Olugu, the Resident Internal Control officer (RICO) of the bank for interrogation over N10m that was transferred to his company’s Bank account by a customer, Mr. Rabiu Lawal.

Okpala said he admitted to Olugu that there was this sort of transaction and it was completed in desirable religion on the Ejigbo, department  within the presence of Mr. Oluwafemi   Oladele, a team of workers of Ecobank, who’s also the witness in the enterprise agreement signed with the aid of each events. He brought that he turned into taken in by means of the assurances of Mr. Oluwafemi, who similarly informed him that he were the account officer to Rabiu, right from the department wherein the account was domiciled, earlier than he changed into posted to Fadu department, pointing out that he knew Rabiu very well. Reputedly, satisfied along with his explanation, the RICO, let him move however agreed to ask him any time their Complainant is to be had on the branch, greater so as his company and modern-day accounts with the financial institution had been nonetheless being run via himself and his organization. Activities however, took a turn for the more severe, when bank officials with men defined as policemen from Ikoyi Divisional   Police Station, Lagos, allegedly stormed Okpala’s residence, which consistent with the plaintiff was in contravention of an earlier courtroom order, restraining Ecobank and or its sellers from harassing or arresting any character in the depend pending at the high court docket.

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