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By Emmanuel Daudu, Abuja

A Nigerian commercial bank licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria; the regulator of the nation’s banking sector, Wema Bank Plc, commonly known as Wema Bank, has debunked an allegation stating that it was involved in illegal transactions on customer’s accounts.

The bank known for its largest digital banking system in Nigeria, ALAT By Wema, which is fully in use in all of the nation’s thirty seven states and territory debunked the rumor in a press release signed by the Bank’s Marketing Communications & Investor Relations and made available to journalists on Monday.

The fast growing commercial Bank in the country said, “the attention of the Bank has been drawn to recent reports in the media on money laundering and bribery allegations on certain customer’s transaction. The publication went ahead to
mention the names of certain Wema Bank management staff to be allegedly involved in the said transaction.

“The Bank wishes to state categorically that there is no merit in the article, and it is a malicious publication against members of our staff and the Bank’s customer.

“The said allegations are being peddled by an aggrieved 3rd party, Timi Popoola, who
voluntarily released his property to be used as part of the collateral to secure a loan obtained by the Bank’s customer.

“Specifically, on Tuesday March 15, 2022, the case no. MIK/B/6/2022–Commissioner of Police vs. Adewole Isaac & Kingsley Ananwude, for alleged stealing and money laundering involving
N1.7billion was struck out by Magistrate A.O. Layinka (Mrs.) of the Magistrates Court, Ikeja and the defendants discharged following the Legal Advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos State that no prima facie case has been established against
the defendants.

“We urge the general public to ignore the false information being circulated. The Bank has already engaged its solicitors to institute appropriate legal action”, the statement added.

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