23rd September, 2010
A former manager of Ecobank, Mrs. Olusola Ojo, whose appointment was allegedly terminatedÂ has slammed a N53 million suit on the bank.
According to a statement of claim filed before a Lagos High Court by a Lagos lawyer,Â Barrister Olujumobi Orioye, the claimant alleged that sometimes in October 2009, sheÂ received a complaint from one of the customers of the bank about fraudulent withdrawalsÂ from his salary account with the bank.
After investigation, it was discovered that the fraud was perpetrated by a colleague, whoÂ was compelled to refund the money through a letter written to his office. Thereafter, theÂ man was queried and his lawyer wrote to the bank to complain and threaten a court action.
The bank, in its reaction, replied that the claimant was not authorised to write suchÂ letter to recover the money and promised that disciplinary action would be taken againstÂ the officers who signed the letters and a disciplinary committee was later set up toÂ investigate the matter.
In its report, Mrs. Olusola Ojo was commended for the recovery of the money, butÂ sometimes in February 2009, during a meeting between representatives of EcobankÂ Transnational Incorporated, the parent company of the bank, with all the branch managers,Â the claimant made a suggestion that all marketing and non-marketing staff of the bankÂ should be given targets across board to improve performance of the bank.
This suggestion, it was gathered, did not go down well with some of the managers who feltÂ they wonâ€™t be able to meet their targets. Consequently, the appointment of the claimantÂ was terminated on 9 September, 2009 and her entitlements were not paid.
On 5 October, 2009, the claimant attended a job interview and was expecting the companyÂ she intended to work with to reach her through a phone call, but by the time the companyÂ called her, it was unable to get through as Ecobank had allegedly instructed ZainÂ Nigeria, her service provider, to block her line for just no reason and by the timeÂ efforts were made to get her line back on course, the position she sought had beenÂ offered another person.
In view of ths, Mrs. Olusola Ojo is claiming the following from Ecobank Plc: N50 millionÂ being special and general damages for deliberate, malicious and illegal blocking of herÂ mobile telephone line; the sum of N3,039,747.85 being unpaid salaries and emoluments uponÂ termination of her appointment and interest on the amount until it is finally liquidated.