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Low turnout of customers at commercial banks

By Moses Uwagbale

Commercial banks in Lagos State on Monday witnessed gradual return of business after the 24-hour curfew imposed on residents was lifted with low turnout of customers.

The banks in Iganmu, Bode Thomas, Okota and Ejigbo axis attended to few customers waiting various business transactions.

At United Bank for Africa and First Bank of Nigeria, Iganmu branch, customers were scanty as one could easily count them.

On Bode Thomas, the Guarantee Trust Bank, Fidelity Bank and Access Bank also had few customers waiting in the banks for various transactions.

The situation was the same at most banks around Okota and Ejigbo and Egbe.

Mrs Joke Aderunmobi, a teacher and a customer in  Okota said she carried out her transactions with ease because people were not many compared to previous weeks.

“I live very close by; this is my branch. After COVID-19 lockdown each time I visited the bank, I will meet a large crowd of people waiting to carry out various transactions.

“It’s usually frustrating but today here I am seated without crowd and everything going on peacefully,” she said.

Another customer, Alhaji Rafiu Mohammed, a fruit dealer said he believed the reason banks witnessed fewer customers was because of the tension in the state.

“Let me tell you that the reason people have not visited banks today is because they are still afraid due to the recent activities of hoodlums.

“It is not just the banks that are witnessing this fewer number of people. If you observe, you will see that the roads are quite free.

“Motorists are also afraid of coming out,” he said.

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