CBN wields the big axe over First Bank sacks all Directors of FBN and FBH, Awosika, Otudeko off.

The Apex Bank, The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has waded into the imbroglio within one of the first generation banks, First Bank of Nigeria Limited FBN, and reinstated Sola Adeduntan as the managing director and chief executive officer of the bank.

Governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele who announced this during a press briefing on Thursday also ordered the immediate removal of all directors of FBN Limited and FBN Holdings Plc.

This means Mrs, Ibukun Awosika has been removed as Chairman of First Bank limited and Oba Otudeko as Chairman of First Bank Holdings was removed too.

Emefiele announced the constitution of an interim board to clean up and stabilize the tier-1 lender.

Remi Babalola is the interim chairman of FBN Holdings Plc, other members include, Peter Aliugo, Fatade Oluwole, Kofo Dosekun, Remi Lasaki, Alimi Abdulrasaq, Ahmed Modibo, and Khalifa Iman.

The apex bank, however, directed U.K. Eke to remain as the group chief executive officer of FBN Holdings Plc.

Tunde Hassan-Odukale is the new chairman of First Bank Limited, other members include Tokunbo Martins, Uche Nwokedi, Adekunle Sonola, Isioma Ogodazi, Ebenezer Olufowose, Ishaya Dodo, Sola Adeduntan as Managing Director, Remi Oni, Gbenga Sobo and Abdullahi Ibrahim.

On Wednesday, the CBN had queried the board of First Bank of Nigeria Limited over the removal of Sola Adeduntan, without due consultation with regulatory authorities.

“The CBN was not made aware of any report from the board indicting the managing director of any wrong-doing or misconduct; there appears to be no apparent justification for the precipitate removal,” the letter signed by Haruna Mustafa, CBN’s director of banking supervision, read.

“We are particularly concerned because the action is coming at a time the CBN has provided various regulatory forbearances and liquidity support to reposition the bank, which has enhanced its asset quality, capital adequacy and liquidity ratios amongst other prudential indicators.

“It is also curious to observe that the sudden removal of the MD/CEO was done about eight months to the expiry of his second tenure, which is due on December 31, 2021.”

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