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CBN Returns Sola Adeduntan As MD Of First Bank, Appoints Hassan-Odukale, Chairman.

Sola Adeduntan.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has made changes at First Bank of Nigeria Limited, reinstating Sola Adeduntan who was already removed and replaced with Gbenga Shobo as the bank’s managing director.

The bank had during the week announced that Mr. Gbenga Shobo, the Deputy Managing Director would be taking over from Adeduntan as his five-year tenure draws to a close but the apex bank queried the bank for the move on Thursday, saying that it did not notify it of the decision to remove Adeduntan and at a news conference in Abuja, CBN governor Godwin Emefiele said the apex bank learnt through media reports that the board of directors of First Bank, “had effected sweeping changes in executive management without engagement and/or prior notice to the regulatory authorities.”

CBN therefore ordered the immediate removal of all the directors of FBN Limited and FBN Holdings PLC.

According to the Governor of CBN, “The problems at First Bank were attributed to bad credit decisions, significant and non-performing insider loans and poor corporate governance practices. The shareholders of the bank and FBN Holding Plc also lacked the capacity to recapitalise the bank to minimum requirements’ and also ordered the immediate removal of all the directors of FBN Limited and FBN Holdings PLC.

The following were named directors in FBN Holdings Plc — Remi Babalola (chairman), Fatade Oluwole, Kofo Dosekun, Remi Lasaki, Alimi Abdulrasaq, Ahmed Modibbo, Khalifa Imam, Peter Aliogo and UK Eke (managing director).

The new directors of First Bank of Nigeria are Tunde Hassan-Odukale (chairman), Tokunbo Martins, Uche Nwokedi, Adekunle Sonola, Isioma Ogodazi, Ebenezer Olufowose, Ishaya Dodo, Sola Adeduntan (managing director), Gbenga Shobo (deputy managing director), Remi Oni (executive director), and Abdullahi Ibrahim (executive director).

“The CBN hereby reassures the depositors, creditors and other stakeholders of the bank of its commitment to ensuring the stability of the financial system. There is therefore no cause for panic amongst the banking public, given that the actions being taken are meant to strengthen the bank and position it as a banking industry giant,” said Emefiele.


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