Access Bank Nigeria Plc has been dragged to court by a company, Godsidi Investment Limited, owned by a leader of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, Mr. Godwin Sidi, for an alleged disappearance of N151m from its account.
The Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa, presided over by Justice Young Ogola, has already started hearing the matter. The company said Access Bank inherited the money as part of its liabilities when it acquired the defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc in 2012.
In a writ of summon, the firm said it became suspicious when Access Bank denied it access to the account. It said the bank stopped it from withdrawing the money, arguing that the bank’s explanations for denying the company’s withdrawal of its savings were not tenable.
The company stated, “The explanations given to us as reasons for not allowing us withdrawal from the account were not convincing and the demand for a statement of account was turned down by the bank.
“We therefore demanded a statement of account from the bank through the Festus Keyamo Chambers. On Febuary 5, 2010, after some days, the bank came up with a doctored statement of account showing irregularities and unrealistic transaction claims.
“The claimant consequently reported the matter to the Consumer Protection Council, which reffered the matter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The EFCC in turn responded by arresting agents of the defendant, who were later released on bail.
“Since then the defendant has done nothing to restore the claimant’s money in his account despite several demands.The claimant’s complaint of fraudulent manipulation of its account, dated February, 2010 is hereby pleaded.”
The firm asked the court to issue an order directing the defendant to restore claimant’s initial lodgment and balance of the sum of N151m.