According to Sahara Reporters the bank exec was suspended for failing to recover the loans she allegedly signed off on. The media house alleged that Ali Baba’s wife, alongside other unnamed people, were engaging in fraud, and yesterday, she got the suspension letter.
Heritage Bank had previously denied reports that the bank was next in line to be taken over by the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), and it threatened to sue Sahara Reporters for that report.
Now, the media house claims that the fraud cases have affected the bank’s bottomline, hence why Mary Akpobome was sent on suspension.
Here’s what the media house said:
“Several bank sources told Saharareporters that Mrs. Akpobome and powerful bank management were abusing their positions and engaging in fraud. But today, Mrs. Akpobomeand an unnamed account officer were sent packing leading her to clear her desk because she anticipates that the task was so impossible she may not return to the bank.
The bank management initially refused to touch the powerful executive directors, preferring to go after staff members suspected of revealing the bank’s problems.
Saharareporters learned that the bank Managing Director, Ifie Sekibo has not been to work since January, and was reported to be ill. Some of the sources within the bank, however, said his prolonged absence might have been to enable Mrs. Akpobome to be thrown under the bus as investors’ confidence has waned over the lack of action concerning top management staff fingered in fraudulent transactions.
It would be recalled that only last week, an Abuja company petitioned the Federal High Court and the Central Bank of Nigeria to liquidate the bank on account of its inability to meet customers’ demands.
Geonel Integrated Services Limited, a security services company, cited its own experience, claiming it has over N1.8billion and another $85,859 trapped in various Heritage Bank accounts.”
Neither the Akpobomes nor Heritage Bank had addres