Elections: GTB denies giving any presidential candidate N500 million in fresh notes

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According to Guaranty Trust Bank Ltd., no presidential candidate received N500 million in new notes during the current general elections, as reported on Twitter by @ifygold21.

In a statement released on Wednesday in Lagos, the bank claimed that the claim was entirely false and was made with the intention of tarnishing the reputation of the bank and its officers.

“The Guaranty Trust Bank Ltd., (the “Bank”) has been made aware of a false tweet made by @ifygold21, in which it is claimed that the Bank gave 500 million new naira notes to one of the leading candidates for president in the ongoing general elections on the eve of the vote at the request of a senior government official.

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“The Bank wishes to refute this claim in its entirety and state categorically that it is completely false and it’s designed to bring the image of the Bank and its officers to disrepute.

“The fact that the post refers to Segun Agbaje as Managing Director of the Bank further exposes the sponsors of the content as uninformed and malicious.

”Accordingly, we would like to clarify that Miriam Olusanya is the Managing Director of the Bank and has been at the helm of affairs of the Bank in that capacity since her appointment in Aug. 2021.

“Our preliminary findings show that the post was made using a faceless bot account, evidently operated by unscrupulous persons intent on propagating falsehood and inciting well-meaning Nigerians to their malicious ends.

“This is clearly unwarranted and poses a serious threat to our continuing operations, with incalculable risks to lives and property,” it said.

The bank said that it had taken the post seriously and had escalated it to all concerned parties including Twitter, for the identification of the owner of the fake account and consequent legal action.

The bank noted that its Nigerian operations supported a diverse customer base with varied business interests in communities across the country and as such, remained available to everyone.

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The bank urged its Customers and the banking public to kindly disregard this unsubstantiated claim in its entirety.

“Guaranty Trust Bank hereby restates its commitment to being a responsible, non-partisan corporate citizen with strict adherence to the highest standards of global best practice as well as sound corporate governance in all aspects of our business operations,” it said.

 

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