New Naira Notes: Bank staff seen scaling a fence as they flee from disgruntled consumers


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February 7, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

Some staff of a popular Nigerian bank have been spotted escaping from the bank’s premises through a fence in an attempt to avoid the wrath of their disgruntled customers.

The frightened staff were captured in their numbers scaling the fence with the help of a ladder at their closing hour.

A viral video believed to have been taken in Delta State, South South Nigeria, shows many bank staff trying to scale the back fence as angry customers stormed the bank to protest non-availability of new and old naira notes in banking hall and in Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).

The bankers, who were making frantic efforts to flee with their belongings, are seen collaborating as they took turns to use a ladder to climb up the fence and descend into a nearby bush.

Some of them were heard expressing fears that they might be caught up, as women among them were assisted to escape first. A male voice was heard assuring the worried others that the ‘Delta Patrol Team is on their way” and that the mob would not be able to enter the bank before the team would arrive.

Some knocking sounds, ostensibly from the angry customers trying to break in, could also be heard from the background as the bank staff continued with their desperate escape.

Tension has been building up across the country as banks grapple with challenges linked to Naira scarcity, even as the CBN February 10 revised deadline for old notes draws closer.  (

Azonuchechi Chukwu
Azonuchechi Chukwu
Ms Azonuchechi Chukwu has a BSC holder in mass communication Ebonyi State University

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