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Real Reasons Mainstreet Bank Chairman, Falalu Bello Was Sacked +His Violations and Misappropriations



Information we have authoritatively gathered has revealed real reasons behind the sack of Mallam Falalu Bello, Chairman of Mainstreet Bank Ltd.

A source who confided in us, said Bello’s former employer, Unity Bank appealed against him to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), over allegations bordering on breach of corporate governance when he was the managing director of the bank.

The petition alleged his violation of corporate governance from his former bank over one-party approval of N3.4 billion ($21.067 million) foreign exchange deal is also a factor underlining his resignation.

Unity Bank had in a petition to the CBN alleged that Bello unilaterally approved the said amount for his company to import fertilizer, but he had been foot-dragging to pay back the facility.

The source further disclosed “After the consideration of the petition written by Unity Bank against him, the CBN wrote a response to the bank and copied the management of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), indicting the former managing director of gross breach of corporate governance. This consequently prompted the AMCON management to advise him to resign from his position as the Chairman of Mainstreet Bank on the strength of CBN’s letter.”

According to the petition signed by Ahmed Yusuf, Acting Executive Director, Enterprise Risk Management and Umar M. Adamu, Divisional Head, Legal and Compliance, with Ref. No UB/L&C/UMNHJSIMB5FB/02l14, dated3rdFebruary, 2014, to the Governor of CBN stated in part: “We hereby humbly write to bring to your notice instances of Violation of Code of Corporate Governance. Sometime between June to September 2013, three Deferred Letters of Credit (LCs) totaling$21,067,500.00 were opened in favour of MBS Merchants Limited”.

Besides the CBN, Unity Bank also petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, over the matter, which prompted the invitation of Bello for questioning by the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Headquarters in Abuja.

A statement issued by MBS Merchants also admitted that Bello was invited to the Office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Abuja to clarify issues in connection with a petition by Unity Bank Plc to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the IGP.

The statement said the petition was based on three deferred letters of credit issued by the bank on behalf of MBS Merchants.

“In this regard, the MBS has answered all CBN enquiries on the matter. Also, Mallam Falalu Bello was invited by the IGP to discuss the same issues involved, being a recipient of the same petition”.

“Based on his position as chairman of MBS, Bello equally answered the invitation of the IGP just as he did that of the CBN so that such high level discussions between the parties involved will bring closure to a matter, which is basically a financial transaction between two parties that have been business partners for over seven years,” the statement said.

It could be recalled that Bello retired as the Group Managing Director of Unity Bank Plc on June 30, 2011, and was shortly afterwards, appointed chairman of Mainstreet Bank, one of the three banks nationalised by the Sanusi Lamido Sanusi-led Central Bank of Nigeria.

According to a source, there has been no love-lost between Bello and the managing director of Mainstreet Bank, Ms. Faith Tuedor-Matthews, a woman was reported in the media sometimes last year February to have resigned over alleged misappropriation of funds in the bank. It was alleged that she transferred funds into her private accounts abroad, which was said to have impelled the Board led by Bello to suspend her. However, the story was unfounded.

Nevertheless, their rivalry was said to have polarised the staff of the bank and affected their productivity. During the height of hostilities, staff perceived to be loyal to Bello was allegedly transferred from the head office and the partitions in all the offices, except on the executive level, were dismantled to allow a see-through floor plan. It was also purported that the strategy was to unmask any clandestine movement or motives by Bello loyalists.

In the meanwhile, there is no replacement yet for the former chairman, Falalu Bello. But, a source in AMCON who claim anonymity said “his successor would, most likely, be selected from current Board members since the bank would be sold to a new core investor soon.”

All efforts to reach corporate communications personnel of Mainstreet bank were futile.

– societyreelnews

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Controversial Sterling Bank caught in the act! CBN sanctions, parades officials for hoarding new naira notes [VIDEO]




Officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have discovered N6 million of the new naira notes hoarded in Sterling Bank Plc, Ado Ekiti branch on Bank Road, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State, having received the funds for over two weeks, THE WITNESS reports.


In a trending video on social media, seen by THE WITNESS, a man who identified himself as Oluwole Owoeye, a deputy director of CBN, while monitoring the distribution of the new naira notes in the state, was seen questioning the bank officials as to why they have not uploaded the funds into their Automated Teller Machines, (ATMs), despite having six of the machines in place.


The CBN director also announced a fine of N1 million for each day the fund was in the bank’s custody.


The CBN official said, “I am currently at Sterling Bank, on Bank Road as part of the new naira notes monitoring compliance with the guidelines by CBN. They have N6 million, which they collected from the bank for almost two weeks, they have not disbursed any. They said they are yet to configure their ATMs, I do not know why that and I have brought attention to the penalty clause of N1 million per day, because they have five ATMs here, they have no reason for keeping this money.


“The zonal service manager, Tunde Onipede promised that by 10:00am latest tomorrow (Monday), because I told him by latest 10:00 am I’ll be here and I want to see the machine dispensing this money.


“What is the name again? Olumide Owolabi (Service Manager, Ado) & Motunrayo Babayele. My name is Oluwole Owoeye and I am a deputy director of CBN.”



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FCMB Manager Arrested For Hoarding New Naira Notes



A manager of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) branch in Osogbo, Osun State capital, has been arrested for allegedly preventing Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) loaded with cash from dispensing money to customers.

The spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), Azuka Ogugua, in a statement on Friday said the cash bundles were loaded into the ATMs while still wrapped, and as such, could not be dispensed through the machines

“The ICPC Compliance Team in Osogbo has busted an FCMB in Osogbo, Osun State, where some ATMs were loaded with cash with their wrappers un-removed, thus preventing the cash from being dispensed.

“The Team, therefore, directed that the wrappers be removed, and the cash loaded properly’.

Similarly, seven Point of Sale (POS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during the ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

The arrested persons are helping the Commission with information to assist investigations and bust any syndicates involved in the hoarding or sales of the redesigned notes.


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New naira: ICPC arrests Stanbic IBTC Bank manager over sabotage



The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has arrested an official of Stanbic IBTC Bank in Abuja for alleged sabotage.

The ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said the development was in continuation of ICPC’s clampdown on elements frustrating efforts in making the redesigned Naira notes available to members of the public.

The bank official, who is the branch service head of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Deidei Branch in Abuja, was taken into custody for her deliberate refusal to upload cash into the branch’s Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) even when the cash was available and people were queuing at the ATM points.

The statement reads: “When the ICPC monitoring team stormed the bank at about 1:30pm on Friday to ensure compliance, and demanded explanation as to why all the ATMs were not dispensing cash, the team was informed by the branch’s head of operations that the bank just got delivery of the cash.

“However, facts available to the ICPC operatives indicated that the branch took delivery of the cash earlier around 11:58am and either willfully or maliciously refused to feed the ATMs with the cash.

“Against this backdrop, the ICPC team compelled the bank to load the ATMs with the redesigned Naira notes and ensured that they were all dispensing before arresting the culprit.

“The ICPC said investigations were still ongoing and the Commission will take appropriate actions as soon they are concluded.

“Similarly, seven Point of Sale (PoS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during an ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

“Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

“The arrested persons were helping the anti-graft commission with information to assist investigations and bust other syndicates involved in the hoarding and sales of the redesigned Naira notes,” the anti-graft agency said.


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