In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 11th, June, 2020

Ghost Prospects Invade Abuja Banks

Ghost Customers Invade Abuja Banks

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Banks all around the nation are experiencing uncommon surge in patronage. It’s anticipated and Abuja banks aren’t any exception. The surge surfaced after the Federal Authorities partially relaxed the lockdown imposed to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Prospects are actually spending hours on the few financial institution branches opened to operation. Previously few weeks, clients with pending points on their accounts have had horrible experiences making an attempt to entry the banks and rectify the problems.

At first, solely few financial institution branches have been open for enterprise with many shoppers saved outdoors their gates. They have been allowed into the banking corridor in batches to abide by the social and bodily distancing measures.

They have been pressured to spend hours on the financial institution premises ready for consideration from few accessible officers with giant variety of clients ready on the queue. Most instances, clients have been annoyed as a consequence of lengthy queues.

Many of the clients informed Day by day Solar mentioned they needed to depart their properties as early as 5.00am to keep away from the crowds, solely to grasp that they nonetheless fell below excessive numbers, like from 100 and above, even with only a few folks current within the financial institution premises. They suspected that safety officers within the banks have been concerned within the racketeering of numbers to “ghost clients” for some token.

A financial institution buyer, Joseph Ola, from Kubwa, Abuja, informed our correspondent that financial institution has turn out to be market place regardless of the social distancing order. He claimed that it has troublesome to achieve entrance into banking corridor with out ready for hours or utilizing cash for fast entry tally quantity:


“Because the partial easing of the lockdown, banks have turn out to be completely totally different place from what it was once. Prospects now sit below canopies outdoors to attend for his or her flip which can not even are available in a day, leaving them with the choice to both purchase fast entrance card or come to the financial institution earlier than 4am.

“I had drawback with one in all my accounts and was requested to go to any of their branches to repair it. The day I went to one of many branches in Kubwa, by NNPC Junction, the sort of crowd I noticed was much more than a market sq.. I used to be very scared due to the COVID-19 pandemic which authorities requested us to maintain distance from each other.

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“It was by no means noticed. Some weren’t even with face masks. They have been all loaded below canopies whereas some have been nonetheless hanging outdoors the gate ready for the safety officers for entrance tally numbers.

“Trying on the scary crowd, I wished to depart earlier than a younger man in his 20s approached and requested me if I wished to enter the financial institution. I informed him that I couldn’t make withdrawal and that’s the solely account I’ve cash for now. He provided to present me quantity 22 for N2000.

“I refused and left to different places on the town with the hope that the gang wouldn’t be a lot since there are such a lot of branches. However on getting there, I found that it was similar factor. I needed to settle somebody financially to achieve entry to the financial institution corridor.”

One other buyer in Wuse 2, Abuja, Mary Audu, confirmed: “It was not as if I arrived the financial institution late. Once I obtained there, I met an intimidating crowd within the premises. As I used to be considering of what to do, a younger man approached me and mentioned ‘madam every thing is feasible with simply N1000.’ That was how I gave him the cash and it didn’t take as much as an hour earlier than I used to be referred to as into the financial institution.”

John Ebidah, a financial institution buyer, mentioned: “They mentioned we must always preserve social distance and put on face masks in public locations, however what I noticed in many of the banks was lethal. Individuals have been packed below canopies with out areas and the worst of it, was that the majority of them have been simply carrying their face masks with out sporting them.

“The gang was a lot that some residents have been utilizing it as a supply of livelihood. They might go to the financial institution very early to get numbers which they might alternate for cash later within the day. I needed to pay as a result of I couldn’t stand the stress and I actually wanted to get some cash from my account.”

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Nyanya resident, Abdullah Musa, spent two days struggling to replace his account with out success. He needed to summit to the brand new development of cash for fast entry card: “Earlier than they might get to my quantity on my first day, it was closing hour. I needed to go, considering that coming to the financial institution early can be the answer.

“The subsequent day, I obtained to the financial institution at about 5:30 am, solely to find that I used to be quantity 120 on the checklist. I requested for the opposite clients however nobody answered me. The folks I met have been lower than 40.”

Some residents confessed that they’re making fortunes from the big crowd at virtually all of the banks. David Ali revealed that he used to go to a selected financial institution as early as four:30 am. He would get at the least 5 entrance playing cards every day which he would promote to clients at totally different costs.

His confession: “This COVID-19 has crumbled every thing for us. Nothing is working regardless of the easing of the lockdown. In every single place remains to be tight. The very day it was referred to as off I went to the financial institution to replace my account, seeing the gang I knew it could be an excellent enterprise alternative if I might get some entry numbers and promote to determined clients. On the primary day I made N2,000 however now I used to make greater than N5,000 on day by day foundation and the inhabitants is even rising by the day.”

Evelyn Ameh from Jabi mentioned: “It’s a very candy and promising enterprise. All you want is to go to the financial institution very early and stylishly acquire numerous numbers from the safety officers.

“You should be sensible to reach this enterprise as a result of among the safety officers received’t offer you multiple. I don’t function in just one department. If I’m on this financial institution at this time, tomorrow I’ll transfer to a different. I make greater than N7,000 on day by day foundation.”

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A safety official in one of many banks who pleaded anonymity confirmed that he heard from people who they’re getting fast entry playing cards with monetary token however haven’t seen any: “It might be due to the big variety of folks we’re attending to.”

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