Soldiers avert crisis at Kaduna FCMB branch


By; Jacob Onjewu Dickson
 It took the swift intervention of soldiers nearby through persuasion to prevent complete breakdown of law and order at the Maska Road, off Ali Akilu Road branch of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in Kaduna on today.
A Photo journalist at the scene, Bashir Bello explained that trouble began when the FCMB staff abandoned customers who were on queue to attend to others who were suspected to be rich and influential members of the society who jumped the queues.
Bello informed that he was also on the queue, patiently waiting to do a transaction when the ugly incident began.
“We were on the queue for close to two hours, frustrated and anxiously waiting to be attended to but the cashiers were showing favouritism by attending to those who just stepped in, not minding those of us on the queue.
“We attempted to make the cashiers stop the act but they refused. What caused the uproar was that the Branch Manager who should have called them to order was instead, seen supporting them,” he informed.
He went on to say that at that point, the angry customers were provoked and were almost disrupting activities at the bank.
“What made things worse was when the person that identified himself as the branch Manager told us that if we like we should not deposit money at the bank again,” he added.
He said the soldiers at first wanted to use force on the customers to maintain peace but when they heard the story of what actually happened, the then persuaded the customers to let peace prevail.


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