CBN Investigates Asaba Bank For Money Laundering In Anambra
Commercial banks in Delta State were forewarned by the Anambra Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Asaba branch, yesterday not to divert fresh naira notes to branches outside the state.
The warning came after the manager of one of the commercial banks offered the justification that part of the funds obtained from CBN to pay state clients had been transferred to branches in adjacent Anambra State.
A team from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), and State Security Service (SSS), led by Mr. Sam Okejere, Director, Banking Services, CBN, Abuja, warned the bank manager (names withheld) on Wednesday in Asaba during the monitoring of banks and Point of Sales (POS) operators.
The director said that if the money provided to the bank had been wisely distributed in Asaba, there wouldn’t have been such a throng surrounding the bank. The director was suspicious due to the big gathering of consumers at the bank’s door.
The panel also directed that the branch cease money diversion in addition to instructing the bank to load all of its ATMs for payment and lessen the throng both inside and outside the banking hall.
The bank manager said that this has always been the bank’s procedure when asked why the money was transported to the branch in Anambra State, adding that their clients’ needs were their only priority.