Hundreds of customers of First Bank Plc in Benin City, Edo State, yesterday went home disappointed as they could not access their accounts, following the sealing of the bank’s branches by Edo State Board of Internal Revenue, BIR, over alleged tax default.
Vanguard gathered that virtually all branches of the bank in Benin metropolis were affected as those at Ugbowo, Uselu, Ring Road, Akpakpava, Ikpoba Slope, Ikpoba Hill and Agbor Road were all sealed off on the order of the State Board of Internal Revenue.
Workers of the bank were seen gathered in groups at their various branches discussing the matter, just as they declined to entertain questions from newsmen on the issue.
However, customers in one of the branches who could not make withdrawal or savings ,vented their anger on the workers.
At press time, the bank’s alleged indebtedness to the state government could not be ascertained as calls made to the mobile phone of Executive Director of the Board of Internal Revenue, Chief Oseni Elamah, for confirmation were unanswered.