Saraki has no stake in Her­itage Bank – share­hold­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Chris Agabi

Share­hold­ers of Her­itage Bank Plc have de­bunked claims by an on­line medium that the bank was co-owned by the for­mer chair­man of Skye Bank, Dr. Tunde Ayeni and the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki.

The share­hold­ers who spoke to jour­nal­ists in Abuja yes­ter­day de­scribed the bank as one of the health­i­est and fastest grow­ing in the coun­try and frowned at the at­tempt to use a sec­tion of the me­dia to de­lib­er­ately de-mar­ket it.

“We are thor­oughly miffed by the at­tempt by cer­tain per­sons or groups who do not mean well for the econ­omy of our great coun­try and in­deed the eco­nomic agenda of our dear pres­i­dent, to neg­a­tively tar­get Her­itage Bank, a bank that the Cen­tral Bank of Nige­ria and sev­eral lo­cal and in­ter­nal rat­ing agen­cies have ranked among the health­i­est banks in Nige­ria, as a strug­gling bank” a lead­ing share­holder, Al­haji Musa Ibrahim Misau, said at a me­dia brief­ing.

“This is most mis­chievous and to­tally out of or­der. It is a glar­ing case of de-mar­ket­ing and we have since drawn the at­ten­tion of the CBN to this very dan­ger­ous trend,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the share­hold­ers are par­tic­u­larly sad­dened by the de­lib­er­ate false­hood be­ing spread that Her­itage Bank is “co-owned” by Dr Tunde Ayeni and Dr Bukola Saraki.

“It is a lie that can only em­anate from per­sons who do not wish the econ­omy of Nige­ria well. For your in­for­ma­tion, Tunde Ayeni has less than one per cent share in Her­itage Bank and Bukola Saraki has no share or any form of own­er­ship stakes in Her­itage Bank,” he said.

“It is not a se­cret that the own­ers and key share­hold­ers of Her­itage Bank bought off the de­funct So­ci­ete Gen­erale Bank (SGBN) which was owned by the Saraki fam­ily. The fam­ily, in­clud­ing Dr. Bukola Saraki, does not have a dime in Her­itage Bank,” he added.

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