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Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by observanc1: 10:34pm On Apr 29
GOVERNOR’S STATEMENT ON THE PURPORTED MANAGEMENT CHANGE AT THE FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA LTD

1.0 Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.

2.0 The media has been awash with commentaries on the purported management changes at First Bank of Nigeria Ltd (FBN) and the related regulatory inquiry by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the Board of First Bank of Nigeria Limited. It has therefore become necessary for me to address the public to clear any misconceptions.

3.0 Ordinarily the board is vested with the authority to make changes in the management team subject to CBN approval. However, the CBN considers itself a key stakeholder in management changes involving FBN due to the forbearances and close monitoring by the Bank over the last 5 years aimed at stemming the slide in the going concern status of the bank. It was therefore surprising for the CBN to learn through media reports that the board of directors of FBN, a systemically important bank under regulatory forbearance regime had effected sweeping changes in executive management without engagement and/or prior notice to the regulatory authorities. The action by the board of FBN sends a negative signal to the market on the stability of leadership on the board and management and it is in light of the foregoing that the CBN queried the board of directors on the unfortunate developments at the bank.

4.0 As you may be aware, FBN is one of the systemically important banks in the Nigerian banking sector given its historical significance, balance sheet size, large customer base and high level of interconnectedness with other financial service providers, amongst others. By our last assessment, FBN has over 31m customers, with deposit base of N4.2trn, shareholders funds of N618bn and NIBSS instant payment (NIP) processing capacity of 22% of the industry. To us at the CBN, not only is it imperative to protect the minority shareholders, that have no voice to air their views, also important, is the protection of the over 31m customers of the bank who see FBN as a safe haven for their hard-earned savings.

5.0 The bank maintained healthy operations up until 2016 financial year when the CBN’s target examination revealed that the bank was in grave financial condition with its capital adequacy ratio (CAR) and non-performing loans ratio (NPL) substantially breaching acceptable prudential standards.

6.0 The problems at the bank were attributed to bad credit decisions, significant and non-performing insider loans and poor corporate governance practices. The shareholders of the bank and FBN Holding Plc also lacked the capacity to recapitalize the bank to minimum requirements. This conclusions arose from various entreaties by the CBN to them to recapitalize.

7.0 The CBN stepped in to stabilize the bank in its quest to maintain financial stability, especially given FBN’s systemic importance as enumerated earlier. Regulatory action taken by the CBN in this regard included:

i. Change of management team under the CBN’s supervision with the appointment of a new Managing Director/ Chief Executive Office in January 2016.

ii. Grant of the regulatory forbearances to enable the bank work out its non-performing loans through provision for write off of at least N150b from its earning for four consecutive years.

iii. Grant of concession to insider borrower to restructure their non-performing credit facilities under very stringent conditions

iv. Renewal of the forbearances on a yearly basis between 2016 and 2020 following thorough monitoring of progress towards exiting from the forbearance measures

8.0 The measures had yielded the expected results as the financial condition of FBN improved progressively between 2016 when the forbearance was initially granted to the current financial year. For instance, profitability, liquidity and CAR improved whilst NPL reduced significantly.

9.0 Notwithstanding the significant improvement in the bank’s financial condition with positive trajectory of financial soundness indicators, the insider related facilities remained problematic.

10.0 The insiders who took loans in the bank, with controlling influence on the board of directors, failed to adhere to the terms for the restructuring of their credit facilities which contributed to the poor financial state of the bank. The CBN’s recent target examination as at December 31, 2020 revealed that insider loans were materially non-compliant with restructure terms (e.g. non perfection of lien on shares/collateral arrangements) for over 3 years despite several regulatory reminders. The bank has not also divested its non-permissible holdings in non-financial entities in line with regulatory directives

11.0 Following further review of the situation and in order to preserve stability of the bank, so as to protect minority shareholders and depositors, the Management of the CBN in line with its powers under BOFIA 2020 has approved and hereby directs:

i. Immediate removal of the all directors of FBN Ltd and FBN Holdings Plc

ii. The appointment of the following persons as directors in FBN Ltd and FBN Holdings Plc

Holdco

1.Chairman – Remi Babalola

2.Dr. Fatade Abiodun Oluwole

3.Kofo Dosekun

4.Remi Lasaki

5.Dr Alimi Abdulrasaq

6.Ahmed Modibbo

7.Khalifa Imam

8.Sir Peter Aliogo

9.UK Eke – Managing Director

Bank

1. Chairman – Tunde Hassan-Odukale

2. Tokunbo Martins

3. Uche Nwokedi

4. Adekunle Sonola

5. Isioma Ogodazi

6. Ebenezer Olufowose

7. Ishaya Elijah B. Dodo

8. Sola Adeduntan – Managing Director

9. Gbenga Shobo – Deputy Managing Director

10. Remi Oni – Executive Director

11. Abdullahi Ibrahim – Executive Director

12.0 The CBN hereby reassures the depositors, creditors and other stakeholders of the bank of its commitment to ensure the stability of the financial system. There is therefore no cause for panic amongst the banking public, given that the actions being taken are meant to strengthen the bank and position it as a banking industry giant.

Source: https://punchng.com/breaking-cbn-fires-first-bank-directors

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by NwaNimo1(m): 10:35pm On Apr 29
Convert your naira!



To a more stable currency/gold!

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by CodeTemplar: 10:48pm On Apr 29
Bad loans caused it all.

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by Juliusmalema: 10:49pm On Apr 29
I am at ease with the Recent directors compared to the old ones.


This is no coup but normality.

Awosika has tried. She can now rest.

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by thebosstrevor1: 10:51pm On Apr 29
Juliusmalema:
I am at ease with the Recent directors compared to the old ones.

They are still the same people who were in the board before.

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by doggedfighter(f): 10:53pm On Apr 29
I think Emefiele got this right.

Hope Fulani terrorist presidency won't give directives later.

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by FarahAideed: 10:55pm On Apr 29
This was a complete coup and hostile takeover by the CBN If you ask me

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by Juliusmalema: 10:57pm On Apr 29
thebosstrevor1:

They are still the same people who were in the board before.
We are saying same thing.
Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by nwachinemel(m): 11:07pm On Apr 29
...keep asking for notification because you men at the top don't understand >>resign<<
Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by jonnathaniheme: 11:10pm On Apr 29
This people
Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by Dymaco(m): 11:22pm On Apr 29
This is the reason that they charge me 400 for April SMS alert. I no b business man so how come?

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by ahmemmygrey(m): 11:22pm On Apr 29
Drama on top drama
Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by orisa37: 12:32am On Apr 30
There's no CAMA ROLE FOR FBN HOLDING COMPANY, TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT?
Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by orisa37: 12:35am On Apr 30
NwaNimo1:
Convert your naira!




For who are you always printing?

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by orisa37: 12:40am On Apr 30
CodeTemplar:
Bad loans caused it all.



CAMA doesn't provide for INSIDERS' LOANS. IT'S UNDUE PRIVILEGE AND AN INVITATION TO LOOT THE BANK DRY.

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by orisa37: 12:45am On Apr 30
Juliusmalema:
I am at ease with the Recent directors compared to the old ones.


Why are there no more regular published accounts and financial statements of Banks operations?

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by orisa37: 12:49am On Apr 30
FarahAideed:
This was a complete coup and hostile takeover by the CBN If you ask me


COOOOORECT

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by orisa37: 1:03am On Apr 30
Commercial Banks are PUBLIC PLCs NOT PARASTATALS. CAMA PROVIDES FOR THE APPOINTMENTS AND REMOVALS OF DIRECTORS, AUDITORS AND SECRETARIES. SO CBN AND ANOTHER HOLDING COMPANY FOR BANKS IS TOO GOVERNANCE. IN THIS CASE OF FIRST BANK PLCs, IT'S FULANISATION.

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by orisa37: 1:04am On Apr 30
Commercial Banks are PUBLIC PLCs NOT PARASTATALS. CAMA PROVIDES FOR THE APPOINTMENTS AND REMOVALS OF DIRECTORS, AUDITORS AND SECRETARIES. SO CBN AND ANOTHER HOLDING COMPANY FOR BANKS IS TOO MUCH GOVERNANCE. IN THIS CASE OF FIRST BANK PLCs, IT'S FULANISATION.
Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by orisa37: 1:12am On Apr 30
The Problem with NIGERIA now is that the CONSTITUTION, CAMA AND OUR VARIOUS OTHER LAWS ARE PRACTISED SHARIA, FEUDAL AND RIFA-RUGA ISLAMISATION FULANISATION AND ANARCHY WAYS.

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by orisa37: 1:16am On Apr 30
The Problem with NIGERIA now is that the CONSTITUTION, CAMA AND OUR VARIOUS OTHER LAWS ARE PRACTISED SHARIA, FEUDAL AND RIFA-RUGA ISLAMISATION FULANISATION AND ANARCHY WAYS.

OUR CJN HAS DEMENTIA. NO REPORT OF WHAT IS BEING DONE TO REPLACE AND TREAT HIM.
Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by CodeTemplar: 6:07am On Apr 30
orisa37:




CAMA doesn't provide for INSIDERS' LOANS. IT'S UNDUE PRIVILEGE AND AN INVITATION TO LOOT THE BANK DRY.
...ailala007gsyejwksjsgsh.
Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by orisa37: 6:31am On Apr 30
CodeTemplar:
...ailala007gsyejwksjsgsh.



I shall decode your letters and REPORT.
Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by CodeTemplar: 6:56am On Apr 30
orisa37:




I shall decode your letters and REPORT.
Only bastards boast and make threats without seeing to it. Bring it on.

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by orisa37: 7:58am On Apr 30
CodeTemplar:
Only spiritual bastards dumped by a deadbeat father boast and make threats without seeing to it. Bring it on.


I have not seen or known any yet.

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by CodeTemplar: 9:12am On Apr 30
orisa37:


I have not seen or known any yet.
Get lost fast. How does you admittance of seeing or hearing "any" affect me?
Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by OrdinaryNigeria(m): 12:35pm On Apr 30
No idea

Dont know wat u guys talking about

I light my kpoli
Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by Kobicove(m): 12:36pm On Apr 30
The gist of the letter is that their was serious mismanagement at the bank mainly as a result of infractions by members of the Board who hitherto had the mandate to oversee the actions of the executive management

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by SavageResponse(m): 12:37pm On Apr 30
FarahAideed:
This was a complete coup and hostile takeover by the CBN If you ask me

Call it what you like but the fact of the matter is that Otudeko and his gang of thieves would wreck the bank if the CBN continues to ignore their financial profligacy and abuse of corporate governance! angry

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by Franzinni: 12:37pm On Apr 30
In summary,

He wanted us to know there was a sacker and there was a sackee

And there was a reason the sacker sacked the sackee

Ok next.

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Re: Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text) by ArewaNightmare: 12:39pm On Apr 30
perceived scam

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