New Naira Violence: “Stay Away From Work” – ASSBIFI Tells Bank Staff

The Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI) has asked all bank staff to stay away from work as more bank branches come under attack by hoodlums across the country owing to the current naira scarcity.

The association had on Thursday during a media briefing in Lagos, warned that it might be forced to direct its members to stay away from work if the attacks on banks and their staff were not immediately halted by the government and concerned security authorities.

In a follow-up statement signed by Olusoji Oluwole, ASSBIFI’s national president, the association said: “The National Secretariat has been inundated with reports of threats and attacks on lives and properties of members and bank branches, and subsequently has been on the field to monitor and confirm the reports.

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“We issued warnings and appeals to government to provide security measures for the safety of lives and properties of our members within and around bank premises,” he stated.

He regretted that the attacks had, however, continued without any form of security for the safety of  members, adding, “the recent being the attack on February 17 on one bank branch at Epe, Lagos State.”

“We cannot leave the lives and properties of our members exposed to obvious danger. Consequently, all members should today immediately stay away from work in any area where bank branches are attacked. This is to continue every day until normalcy is restored. Please note, you will be availed further directives as events develop.”