- In order to protect the customers and shareholders, CBN said it had to sack the First Bank board of directors
- First Bank had replaced its managing director, Sola Adeduntan, with Gbenga Shobo, eight months before his tenure
- The apex bank said the change in leadership wasn't approved, and neither did First Bank consult the CBN
The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, stated that customers' concerns had influenced the decision to sack all members of First Bank's board of directors.
Legit.ng had reported the sack on Thursday following a press conference held by Emefiele to announce the change of management in Nigeria's oldest bank.
The management was changed following the replacement of Sola Adeduntan by the former directors without prior notice to the CBN or receiving approval from the financial regulator.
Adeduntan was replaced by Gbenga Shobo on Wednesday. This decision was moved against by the CBN, which criticised First Bank's former management and threatened to hit them with disciplinary action.
Making true of its word, the CBN sacked all board members, and tied its regulatory decision to the protection of shareholders and customers of First Bank who have been caught in the leadership crisis.
“Following further review of the situation and in order to preserve the stability of the bank so as to protect minority shareholders and depositors, the management of the CBN, in line with powers conferred on it by the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 2020, has approved and hereby directs as follows:
“The immediate removal of all the directors of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and First Bank of Nigeria Holdings Plc.” Emefiele said at the press conference on Thursday.
The sack affected Ibukun Awosika and her board members, while Gbenga Shobo was left out to act as deputy to Adeduntan in the new management of First Bank.
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