Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), has said that bank failures were caused by officers entrusted to look after the institutions.
NDIC’s Managing Director, Bello Hassan said this at an event themed, “Effective Investigation and Prosecution of Banking Malpractices that led to Failure of Banks.”
He noted that the investigation and prosecution of failed banks’ offences was provided for under various legislations such as the: NDIC Act, 2006, the Failed Banks Act, 2004, the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA), 2020 and under the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020, among others.
Hassan said, “As you all know, the human element is the greatest culprit in bank failure. It has been said over and over, that banks do not on their own fail, rather they are destroyed and brought to their knees by acts of officers entrusted to look after the institutions.
“Consequently, it is the responsibility of the authorities to ensure that the effect of the actions of these culprits are mitigated by bringing such people to book to serve as a deterrent to others.”
Hassan urged law enforcement, regulators, and supervisors to work together to guarantee that those responsible for the death of banks were thoroughly probed and, if found guilty, should be duly tried in accordance with the law.
Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation, Mohammed Abubakar, underlined the ongoing commitment required of stakeholders in the country’s fight against financial malpractices.
Abubakar noted that the socioeconomic health of our beloved nation depends critically on the integrity of our financial sector.
He said, “Therefore, the need for the effective regulation of the sector through formulation of cohesive legal framework and enforcement mechanism cannot be overemphasised.”
“May I remind us all that the theme of this workshop is a poignant reflection on the reckless years of banking malpractices that led to the failure of several banks, with the attendant unremitted consequences on our country’s socio-economic life.
“We recall the pains and despair that many Nigerians had to go through, and I pray that we will continue to strive to ensure that such a sad chapter of our national life would never be repeated,” he added.