First Bank Nigeria Limited has denied the news making rounds that it shut down its website following the protest across the country against Police brutality, noting that the news is false.
This is contained in a corporate statement issued by the Bank which was made available to TheNigeriaLawyer.
“Our attention has been drawn to the tweet making the rounds on social media on shutting down the FirstBank website following a false tweet that the Bank prevented staff from joining the ongoing protests in the country”, the statement read.
In addition, it was noted that the news is fake and restated its commitment to supporting the reform of the Nigeria Police Force.
“As the largest banking institution in Nigeria, it is not unlikely that we may be seen as a target in circumstances such as these. This is rather unfortunate as we believe far reaching reform is necessary and we have said as much on a number of occasions across our platforms.”
“In the process of change, some pain will be borne by all and some anger may well be misdirected. We understand this as a part of the process of the struggle.” It added.
Furthermore, the Bank noted that the ongoing situation across the country may affect it due to its staff strength & customer base, noting that, “We have a large staff strength and an even larger customer base who may be affected by any disruption and this would be a pity as a number are also contributing in many ways to ensure that voices are heard and required action is taken.”
Finally, it restated its commitment to supporting the quest for the campaign to halt the brutality of Nigeria Police.
“We have been consistent in our message on the need to end all brutality and carry out necessary reforms. We will continue to lend our voice accordingly”, the statement concluded.