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BREAKING: CBN sacks ALL directors of First Bank Holdings, reinstates Sola Adeduntan


CBN sacks ALL directors of First Bank Holdings, reinstates Sola Adeduntan

CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele announced the sacking of the whole board members and the reappointment of Mr Adeduntan as the CEO during a televised press briefing Thursday evening.

The board had during a statement by its chairman Ibukun Awosika announced the retirement of Mr Adeduntan from office while announcing Gbenga Shobo as his replacement.

The apex bank then promptly queried the board of the first generation commercial bank on the sacking of Mr Adeduntan without recourse to the Central Bank’s supervisory role before such weighty decision was taken.

“Your comprehensive response on the foregoing should reach the Director, Banking Supervision Department, on or before 5:00 p.m. on April 29, 2021,” the query April 28 letter addressed to the bank’s chairman Ibukun Awosika and signed by the CBN Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna Mustafa, read.

The CBN said it had been “particularly concerned because the action is coming at a time the CBN has provided various regulatory forbearances and liquidity support to reposition the bank, which has enhanced its asset quality, capital adequacy, and liquidity ratios amongst other prudential indicators.”

It added: “It is also curious to watch that the sudden removal of the MD/CEO was done about eight months to the expiration of his second tenure, which is due on New Year's Eve , 2021.” 

The CBN director noted that removing a sitting MD/CEO of a “systemically important” bank wasn't good.”


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