At the Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) Asaba state branch, a customer was violently thrown out of the bank premises by the bank officials yesterday.
An eyewitness who uploaded the video to Facebook stated that the bank’s branch manager was behind the female customer’s ordeal in the hands of the brutish GTBank security guard.
The eyewitness, Charles Ijomah is seen along with other customers in the video pleading with the bank official to take it easy on the lady and stop manhandling her “like a thief”. Their pleas, however, fell on deaf ears, as another bank official is heard in the video screaming “throw her out”.
The unidentified lady who is a customer of the bank is seen in the video pleading with the security officials to allow her to retrieve her funds from the bank. A request that falls on deaf ears as she is even more violently manhandled by the bank employees as she tries to head towards the bank.
The bank branch manager reportedly witnessed the whole incident and endorsed it.
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This will not be the first time, a GTBank official is in the spotlight for a violent assault. Recall about 13 months ago we reported how the MD of GTBank Liberia, Ayodeji Bejide assaulted a staff of GTBank until he was bleeding.
Also, the bank was named in reports late 2017, when officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission were said to have assaulted the wife of Innoson boss, Innocent Chukwuma, during a planned arrest of her husband, brought about by a GTBank petition.
As a fall out of that incident, then-Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu condemned the unholy alliance between the EFCC and GTB.
Ekweremadu said, “I would like to seek your indulgence to raise the matter of Mr Innocent Chukwuma who we call ‘Innoson,’ by the EFCC over a matter between Mr Chukwuma and GTBank security guard.
“At the inception of this Senate, we all took an oath to defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. God forbid that a day will come when we will sit back as a Senate and watch an attack on the liberty of any citizen.”
Narrating the details of his conversation with the Innoson boss, Ekweremadu said, “Yesterday, I got a number of messages indicating that Mr Innocent Chukwuma was arrested by the EFCC over a transaction between him and GTBank.
“This morning, I made an effort and I spoke with him. His story is straight forward: he said he was at his house at 5 am on Tuesday when he heard gunshots and he thought they were assassins and he went into hiding.
“After about two hours, he saw some people and policemen, and he thought that help had come. So, he came out of hiding and ran to a policeman who promptly arrested him.
“He tried to find out what his offence was and they told him that when they get to the police station, they would inform him of the offence. As of today, nobody has told him what the offence is.
“Any person who is arrested and detained should be informed about the reason for their arrest. As I speak, Mr Innoson Chukwuma has yet to be informed of what led to his arrest or detention, but if you go through the media today, the story is that he is owing GTB.
“As a lawyer, I’m at a loss (for words) on how a transaction between someone and his bank will concern the EFCC.”