Insecurity: Our South-East branches fully open says First Bank

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has refuted some media reports that its branches in the South-East part of the country have been closed due to the rising insecurity in the region.

First Bank’s Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement titled, ‘Public Announcement’, read, “This is to inform the public that our South-East branches are fully open for business. Please disregard any news making the rounds that is contrary to this. Thank you.”

Several social media posts claimed the bank was closing all it branches in the region over insecurity.

Economic and Social activities were paralyzed in the southeast on Monday as residents deserted the streets in compliance with the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) to mark this year’s Biafra Day.

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Various institutions including banks, businesses, markets remained under locks and key as vehicular and human movements were restricted from the roads in the state.

Most streets and major urban roads in the states were either deserted or turned into football pitches by young men and school children.

The total lockdown might not be unconnected with the threat by the IPOB “to deal with anyone found violating the sit at home order.”

All commercial activities have resumed in the states since Tuesday.