Some staff of GTbank, Maraba branch, Nasarawa state have usurped a long queue of customers who were waiting to use the Automated Teller Machine of the bank in order to withdraw the scarce newly designed Naira notes.
The incident which happened on Monday got many of the queuing customers angry as they protested against the abuse of power demonstrated by the bank staff.
An eye witness, Kayode Salako who spoke to Ogunwatch said they (customers) had been there at the ATM spot queuing for hours before some staff of the bank approached the machine with 6 cards suspected to belong to other customers who might have settled them for the purpose of bypassing the apparently long queue.
A video of the incident which was obtained by correspondent show at the time, a corporately dressed man operating the ATM machine to withdraw money. The narrator of the video speculated that he in company of other staff who were also captured in the video held about 5 to 7 cards suspected to belong to other customers who bought their way.
The narrator could be heard saying: “Nigerian government, see oh! Look at the gate. Look at how people have queued up. And bank staff are now withdrawing. How many cards? Look at it, we are going through hell in this country. CBN president, you must do something. What is this? We have been here since 5:am and bank staff are withdrawing. They have up to 6 to 7 cards.”
One of the bank staff who responded said: “video me, I’m using 5 cards. Let DSS come.”
Another eye witness who preferred that his identity be kept, said that the bank staff had re configured the ATM to pay beyond the stipulated limit of N20,000 at a go because they wanted to fast track the withdrawal. He added that they withdrew nothing less than N100,000 from each of the account which card they handed.
Shortly after the the video was made, Ogunwatch learnt that the staff in question invited policemen to the scene to intimidate the protesting customers, which later resulted to the arrest of one.