Cash scarcity: Zenith Bank closes branches

 Zenith Bank has closed some of its branches in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and some states following the  alleged attacks on its staff and network problem experienced by the bank.

On Tuesday, some of the bank’s branches in the FCT, and environs and some other states were under lock. Both the gate and the ATM Gallery of the bank were locked and no customers seen at the vicinity.

An official of the bank who preferred anonymity said that some of the bank’s branches were also closed due to lack of the new naira notes.The official said that many of their branches across the country were attacked by customers who were unable to withdraw the new notes from their accounts.

Some video clips on social media showed how the staff of the bank escaped from the attacked branches by scaling fences to escape mob attacks from customers.

Some branches of the bank in Enugu were working but the staff were not dressed in any of the bank’s outfit to avoid easy identification.

Meanwhile, the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) had called for calm and understanding among bank customers.

A statement by  the Registrar/Chief Executive, CIBN, Akin Morakinyo,said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and operators (the banks) were working assiduously to bring the situation under control. He called on bankers to carry on their duties with utmost professionalism and diligence.

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