More than 400 people signed a petition calling on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to sack Adam Nuru, Managing Director of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB), on “unethical grounds.”
The petition, launched on Wednesday, stated that Nuru was responsible for the death of Tunde Thomas, said he had died of depression on 16 December.
According to the petition, the FCMB MD reportedly had an affair with Moyo Thomas, the wife of the deceased, resulting in two daughters.
It reported that Moyo had told her husband that she was leaving Nigeria for the United States with the children only to call him on arrival that the children did not belong to him.
|The late Tunde Thomas and the two kids|
The petition alleged that the news initially induced Thomas to have a stroke, but eventually recovered, and then found another lady whom he had intended to marry.
Thomas was said to have suffered a heart arrest after returning from work—about two days before his introduction to his now pregnant mother.
The petition, addressed to Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, and the FCMB’s board, described the case as “an unjustifiable economic oppression by the elites against the less privileged in the society.”
It called for a holistic investigation into the matter, alleging that the MD had been trying to sweep the “unethical conduct” under the carpet.
“This is a case of gross misconduct based on ethical grounds and an unjustifiable economic oppression by the elites (Adam Nuru) against the less privileged in the society,” it read.
“The MD has been doing everything possible to sweep this case under the carpet. We implore the Central Bank of Nigeria as the apex regulator and the board of FCMB to investigate this for the integrity of the bank and Nigerian banking industry.”
Reacting on Thursday, however, Rafiu Mohammed, a staff member who spoke on behalf of Diran Olojo, FCMB’s spokesperson, dismissed the petition as a “mere allegation.”
Mohammed said it was sad that people would come up with unsubstantiated allegations that the deceased had never made when he was alive.
He also said that the fact that Thomas had impregnated another lady and was on the brink of remarrying before his death indicated that he had already stepped away from what had happened during his marriage to Moyo.
|Tunde died on December 16|
“Assuming there was a DNA report that said there was indeed an affair between them and the children belong to the MD, that’s an evidence. But so far, there’s none. Also, has any evidence established his (Thomas’s) death was caused by our MD? Anyone can suffer cardiac arrest,” he said.
“It’s a mere allegation with no evidence or fact to back it up. That’s the issue. But if they come up with an evidence, we will respond. Also, the petition is going through the CBN, does the apex bank settle personal or marital issues?
“The person in question has died. When he was alive, he didn’t take up the matter himself but when he died, some people are claiming to be fighting for him.
“Based on the said petition, the deceased was about to marry another person which implied that he had also moved from what transpired during his first marriage.”