Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa UBA, has resumed normal banking operations in Umuaka Municipal Council Njaba LGA Imo State, after several months of being off the banking radar in the community. It can be recalled that the UBA suspended operations in her Umuaka branch in 2021 due to the rising spates of insecurity within the Umuaka metropolis and Njaba LGA last year.
Umuaka Times gathered that the branch suspended banking operations in the area till further notice, following the burning down of the Njaba Police Station which is adjacent to the bank by unidentified arsonists and gunmen. The burning down of the police station left the bank without any form of defence, security and protection.
As if the wanton destruction of the police station was not enough, the branch manager of the bank was subsequently kidnapped and fear gripped the entire staff of the bank and her customers which eventually ended up in the suspension of banking activities in the branch. Uncountable number of UBA customers in the area, Umuaka Times gathered, had their withdrawals violently snatched from them at gun point by criminally minded “motorcycle boys” in the area severally.
Many people in Umuaka were said to have expressed deep support for the bank when the branch was closed down by the management last year. By the time the suspension came into effect, the UBA customers within the Umuaka metropolis shifted their banking transactions to the UBA branch at Nwaorieubi area. Umuaka Times was also reliably informed that some customers of the bank who went as far as conducting their banking businesses at Nwaorieubi also suffered from the hands of the criminals who dispossessed some of them of their hard earned money while returning from the bank.
Meanwhile the management of UBA in Umuaka used the opportunity during the suspension days and renovated the bank and gave it a facelift. As it stands now, the premises of the bank and the buildings therein, now wear a new look and customers are very pleased to resume banking transactions once again.
For now, normalcy has returned in the community, at least, in the last couple of weeks.