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Friday, April 30, 2021

CBN Sacks First Banks Management And Explains It Was Mismanaged

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disclosed the reason behind its surprising and sweeping removal of the leadership of First Bank Nigeria Ltd (FBN), one of Nigeria’s foremost lenders.

Specifically, the move, the apex bank disclosed, was to protect 31 million customers and minority shareholders of First Bank.

In addition, CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele revealed that the bank was in ”grave financial condition”; necessitating a change of management. Emefiele made this known in a statement issued to the media.

”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.

”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,” Emefiele stated.

Earlier, the CBN had announced the removal of Mrs Ibukun Awosika as Chairman of the board of FBN; as well as the axing of Mr Oba Otudeko as Chairman of the board of FBN Holdings. Also, it had announced the removal of all the directors of both entities.

In their place, the apex bank had approved the appointment of Tunde Hassan-Odukale as Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FBN). The CBN also approved the appointment of Remi Babalola as Chairman of FBN Holdings Plc.

FBN Holdings is a subsidiary of FBN.

Furthermore, the CBN had reinstated Sola Adeduntan as Managing Director; Gbenga Shobo as Deputy Managing Director; as well as Remi Oni and Abdullahi Ibrahim as Executive Directors of FBN Limited.

Adeduntan was earlier removed by the Awosika-led board. He had been replaced with Sobo as managing director, a move the apex bank condemned as not following due process.

The CBN made this known in a series of tweets on its Twitter handle on Thursday.

“First Bank of Nigeria is one of Nigeria’s systemically important banks; given its historical significance, balance sheet size, large customer base and high level of interconnectedness with other financial service providers.

“CBN reassures First Bank of Nigeria depositors, creditors and other stakeholders of the bank of its commitment to ensure the stability of the financial system,” Emefiele said.

Meanwhile, the CBN also announced the appointments of Dr Fatade Abiodun Oluwole, Kofo Dosekun, Remi Lasaki; as well as Dr. Alimi Abdulrasaq as directors of FBN Holdings. Other directors of FBN Holdings so appointed are, Ahmed Modibbo, Khalifa Imam, Sir Peter Aliogo; as well as UK Eke, who was appointed as Managing Director.

Directors of FBN Limited, as announced by the apex bank, include Tokunbo Martins, Uche Nwokedi,Adekunle Sonola, Isioma Ogodazi, Ebenezer Olufowose and Ishaya Elijah Dodo.

1st News reports that the CBN had earlier queried the management of First Bank over its failure to comply with regulatory directives on divesting its interest in Honeywell Flour Mills. The query was contained in a letter dated April 26, 2021 and addressed to Ibukun Awosika; erstwhile Chairman of FBN Limited.

It was in response to their audited International Financial Reporting Standards accounts for the 2020 financial year.

In the letter signed by Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna Mustafa, the apex bank said;

“We further noted that after four years the bank is yet to perfect its lien on the shares of Mr. Oba Otudeko in FBN Holdings which collateralised the restructured credit facilities for Honeywell Flour Mills contrary to the conditions precedent for the restructuring of the company’s credit facility.”

The apex bank instructed First Bank to diversify the equity investments in all non-permissible entities; such as Honeywell Flour Mills and Bharti Airtel Nigeria Limited within 90 days.


  1. This oba etudeko man eh. Make I just no talk because nothing concerns me. Make my money dey ok

  2. Dangote's signature is all over this. He has finished fight with BUA now it is Honeywell. That his refinery will jam rock because it is not our oil that he will drill and also sabotage Refinery in Nger Delta.

  3. Great move in the right direction!! Before we go hear say Elephant don fall yakata! CBN had to intervene on First bank since 2016..Adeduntan has always been championing on proper banking governance but they removed because they want to have their way...But the Chairman and Board of Directors were behaving like they own first bank meanwhile depositor's money is 10 times the money of the few shareholders...It is great Adeduntan has been reinstated even though he is going to retire this year...And I see an undertone Politics playing out here..Odiegwu!!

    1. "Board of Directors were BEHAVING LIKE THEY OWN first bank meanwhile depositor's money is 10 times the money of the few shareholders" Your head dey there. You know them well well. If people open mouth talk, kasala go burst.

  4. Make nothing do my small change inside there.....o

  5. Hope my remaining 10k is safe.

  6. I did not read it all , let me not lie.🚶🚶🚶

  7. As if this will stop them from debiting customers with frivolous excuses

  8. If investigations are carried out, a lot will be uncovered.

  9. I actually like awosika and see her as responsible. What could be going on? Could it be politics?

  10. First Bank ke??This is so surprising,I thought they are solid as a rock.I applaud the decisions of the Apex bank.


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