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CBN announces newly appointed executives for Union, Keystone, Polaris banks

CBN announces newly appointed executives for Union, Keystone, Polaris banks

The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Olayemi Cardoso, has appointed new executives to oversee the affairs of Union, Keystone, and Polaris Banks.

This is coming hours after the CBN dissolved the boards and managements of Union Bank of Nigeria, Keystone Bank and Polaris Bank over alleged corporate governance infractions and non-compliance with regulatory requirements.

Announcing the new development in a statement issued by the acting director of corporate communication at the CBN, Sidi Ali Hakama, the newly appointed executives are set to assume their roles with immediate effect.

Here are the newly appointed executives for Union, Keystone, and Polaris Banks as announced by the CBN.

Union Bank

  1. Yetunde Oni – Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer.
  2. Mannir Ubali Ringim – Executive Director.

Keystone Bank

  1. Hassan Imam – Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
  2. Chioma A. Mang – Executive Director

Polaris Bank

  1. Lawal Mudathir Omokayode Akintola – Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
  2. Chris Onyeka Ofikulu – Executive Director.

Earlier dissolution

The Central Bank of Nigeria had on Wednesday dissolved the boards and managements of the three banks over alleged corporate governance infractions and non-compliance with regulatory requirements.

This came barely three weeks after the Special Investigator on the CBN and Related Entities, Jim Obazee, submitted its final report to President Bola Tinubu.

The sacking of the boards of the banks is reportedly part of the implementation of the report of the special investigator.

In a statement by Hakama, announcing the sacking of the boards of the banks on Wednesday, the central bank said the affected banks’ alleged infractions varied from regulatory non-compliance, corporate governance failure, disregarding of the conditions under which their licences were granted, and involvement in activities that posed a threat to financial stability, among others.

Hence, the apex bank said the dissolution of the boards became necessary due to the non-compliance of the banks and their respective boards with the provisions of the Bank and Other Financial Institutions Act, 2020.

The CBN statement read, “The Central Bank of Nigeria has dissolved the boards and managements of Union Bank, Keystone Bank, and Polaris Bank.

“This action became necessary due to the non-compliance of these banks and their respective boards with the provisions of Section 12(c), (f), (g), (h) of Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act, 2020. The banks’ infractions vary from regulatory non-compliance, corporate governance failure, disregarding the conditions under which their licences were granted, and involvement in activities that pose a threat to financial stability, among others.”

The CBN, however, assured the public of the safety and security of depositors’ funds, stressing that it remained resolute in fulfilling its mandate to uphold a safe, sound and robust financial system in Nigeria.

“The CBN assures the public of the safety and security of depositors’ funds and remains resolute in fulfilling its mandate to uphold a safe, sound and robust financial system in Nigeria. Our banking system remains strong and resilient,” it stated.

The dissolution of the boards came days after the Special Investigator of the apex bank, Obazee, claimed that the bank were acquired by Emefiele, using fronts. Obazee advised FG to take over the banks, strengthen and sell them off.

Section 12 of the BOFIA 2020 quoted by the apex bank as the basis for the dissolutions of the board deals with the revocation of a banking licence and the conditions under which it can happen.

The affected portion of the Act read, “12.(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of this Act or any other law, the Governor may, with the approval of the Board and by notice published in the of Federal Government Gazette, or print and electronic media, revoke any licence granted under this Act if a bank-

“(c) fails to fulfil or comply with any condition subject to which the licence was granted

“(f) is involved in a situation, circumstance, action or inaction which constitutes a threat to financial stability;

“(g) fails to comply with any obligation imposed upon it by or under this Act, or the Central Bank of Nigeria Act or any other rule, regulation, guideline or directive made hereunder;

“(h) is, in the opinion of the Bank critically undercapitalised with a capital adequacy ratio below the prudential minimum or such other ratio as the Bank may prescribe.”

Meanwhile, the CBN statement is silent on Titan Trust Bank, even though the bank has reportedly acquired Union Bank.

The special investigator had given Titan Trust Bank and Union Bank investors December 28, 2023 deadline to present themselves before its panel.

However, the lender through their lawyer, Gbolahan Elias QC, SAN, had asked for extension of the meeting to January 7, 2024.

 

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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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