We are not part of banks concealing TSA funds – Skye Bank says

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LAGOS, JULY 21, 2017 – Following reports that about seven commercial banks are concealing TSA funds, management of Skye Bank has denied being on that list, stating that it neither colluded nor unilaterally hid any other funds in its custody.

A statement by the Head, Strategic Brand Management & Communications, Nduneche Ezurike, revealed that the said funds are held with the full knowledge of the relevant Agencies of the government including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the DSS, the National Assembly and the Inspector General of Polices’s Special Investigation Panel, with whom we have engaged extensively over same.

“Our attention has been drawn to media reports of a ruling by the Federal High Court in Lagos on July 20, 2017 wherein seven commercial banks were ordered by Hon Justice Chuka Obiozor to remit a total of $793.200.000 allegedly hidden with them in contravention of the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy.

“According to the said reports, it was alleged that the sum of N41m is illegally kept in a NAPIMS fixed deposit account with Skye Bank in collusion with government officials. The management of Skye Bank hereby states that it neither colluded nor unilaterally hid the reported sum or any other funds in its custody.

“On the contrary, the said funds are held with the full knowledge of the relevant Agencies of the government including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the DSS, the National Assembly and the Inspector General of Polices’s Special Investigation Panel, with whom we have engaged extensively over same,” it read.

It further stated that “we wish to inform our numerous stakeholders that Skye Bank is a law abiding institution and will therefore, not conduct itself in breach of the laws or policies of the government, including the TSA policy.

“The bank will take appropriate legal steps in response to the ruling of the Federal High Court on August 8, 2017 when the substantive hearing is expected to come up.”

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