Naira Scarcity: Aba Residents Turn Commercial Bank Premises into Fast Food Restaurant in Video

Naira Scarcity: Aba Residents Turn Commercial Bank Premises into Fast Food Restaurant in Video

  • The people of Aba have decided not to go hungry even while waiting to get money from their bank's Automated Teller Machines
  • The residents of Abia state's commercial city were captured cooking and eating noodles while waiting in a queue
  • A video, which was seen by, showed that the meal was prepared right on the premises of a commercial bank in Aba

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With the prolonged cash crunch and scarcity of new notes across various states in Nigeria, citizens have devised several means to survive the ordeal.

While some chose to protest, like in Oyo state, residents in Aba, Abia state turned a commercial bank into a restaurant.

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Some residents of Aba have been captured cooking noodles in a bank. Photo: @Ehijiiie, Bashir Ahmad
Source: Twitter

At the bank, residents were seen to have arrived in the area with the camping gas, pots and other cooking utensils.

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However, the video seen by did not show the moment the residents, who might have waited hours in the bank to get cash, cooked their food - noodles.

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Instead, the video review showed that about four men were eating from the pot from which the noodles were prepared.

The young men took turns eating the food, and many other residents in the queue by the Automated Teller Machines in the bank watched in awe.

A voice speaking in the background of the video said that residents had been camped within the bank premises for hours with the hope of getting some cash.

The voice, which spoke in Igbo langauge said that they had waited so long that they had to prepare a meal to eat while waiting to get cash.

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Nnenna Ibeh Nnenna Ibeh is a journalist with over 10 years of experience with various media organisations including Premium Times. Being on the front burner of reporting politics and the different dimensions of governance, she is also passionate about girls' education and women's and children's health. With degrees in Journalism, Peace Studies & Conflict Res., and Dev. Studies, Nnenna has worked in the dev. sector as a communications officer for the Centre for Democracy and Dev. email:

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