This came a day after several branches of GTBank, Unity Bank, Access Bank, Zenith Bank, Ecobank, UBA, FCMB and others were shut on Tuesday.In Ogun State, our correspondent visited two banks along the Alagbole-Akute axis.
As the naira scarcity persists, more banks have started shutting down their branches, according to findings by 9NEWSNIGERIA observed large queues still existed at the Automated Teller Machines of many commercial banks in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja and other parts of the country on Wednesday.
As the February 10 deadline for old N1000, N500 and N200 notes to stop being legal tender approaches, more Nigerians are getting frustrated due to the inability to access cash for their regular transactions.
This has further led to protests and attacks on banks, which have been condemned by the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees.
This came amid a Supreme Court injunction asking the Central Bank of Nigeria not to implement the February 10 deadline.
Lagos More commercial banks’ branches in Lagos have joined the long list of banks that shut down operations on Wednesday following the scarcity of new and old notes in the country.
According to the findings by 9NEWSNIGERIA, the Fidelity Bank on Isaac John Street, Ikeja, was opened but customers were prevented from entering.
The ATMs on the bank premises did not work when our correspondent visited.Similarly, the First Bank on Isaac John Street, Ikeja, Lagos, was shut down.
Our correspondent reported that none of the ATMs was working during a visit on Wednesday afternoon.
Our correspondent reported a total shutdown of operations at the Zenith Bank located at Ajisafe Street, GRA, Ikeja. All the ATMs of the lending bank did not work.Also, the Access Bank at Abule Onigbajo Street, Lagos, was not operating while customers were barred from entering the lender.
A customer with Guaranty Trust Bank, Mr Anthony Ifeanyi, said he was stranded at the Anthony area of Lagos when he tried making a withdrawal from the bank there on Wednesday.
Upon visiting the Guaranty Trust Bank and EcoBank at the University of Lagos, our correspondent observed a long queue of several students both at the ATM machines and inside the bank awaiting the dispensation of naira notes. Getting inside the banking halls, the bank officials noted that they were still waiting for cash as well.
One of the officials said, “We have not cash yet.”
This came a day after several branches of GTBank, Unity Bank, Access Bank, Zenith Bank, Ecobank, UBA, FCMB and others were shut on Tuesday.