The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, yesterday, said it has revoked the licence of Garu Microfinance Bank, a microfinance institution in Bauchi state.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, a manager of the bank, Ibrahim Abubakar, confirmed the revocation in Bauchi, adding that the bank had been taken over by Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC.
Abubakar said the microfinance bank was closed because it was facing liquidity problem, and also because shareholders of the bank had been unable to recapitalise it.
ýAccording to him, timing of the closure is inauspicious because they are currently paying pensioners and September salaries.
“All the same, the NDIC and the management are collecting forms from depositors to process their payment with designated banks across the state, to enable them receive their money,” he assured.
ýHe said the microfinance bank had been operating for over 20 years in the state, adding that pensioners and other depositors had gotten used to the bank.
ýA senior staff of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Bauchi office, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the CBN approved the liquidation of the bank.
“The CBN has revoked the licence of Garu Micro Finance Bank Bauchi ,for its inability to meet up with the financial obligations guiding operations of micro finance banks,” he said.
ýAccording to him, as soon as the NDIC officially deems that a bank has failed and is unable to meet its credit obligations, it notifies customers and the public, that it has assumed the responsibilities of receiver.