The management of Heritage Bank of Nigeria has reacted to popular comedian, Alibaba’s wife, Mary Akpobome’s alleged indefinite suspension. Her position as an executive director at the bank was said to be threatened as she had been placed on an indefinite suspension in order to go and recover loans she signed off on without following due process as reported by Sahara Reporters.
But according to a statement by the bank’s media representatives, Mrs. Akpobome remains a valued Executive Director at the bank and was not involved in any case of fraud.
The bank however, failed to confirm or deny whether Mrs. Mary Akpobome was indeed sent on any loan/credit recovery mission.
The bank statement read, “Our attention has yet again been drawn to an online news story on SaharaReporters.com titled, “Heritage Bank sends Ali Baba’s Wife on Loan –Recovery Suspension”.
“The Management, categorically refutes these claims and hereby state clearly that Mrs Mary Akpobome remains a valued Executive Director of the Bank.
“We strongly disclaim all allegations made on the news blog that Mrs Akpobome or any other member of our Board and Management have in any way engaged in any fraud whatsoever.
“Financial institutions have credit policies governing its processes and management. These policies are designed and enforced to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the entire credit chain.
“Heritage Bank has never been controlled by any one individual or “powerful” individual(s) as deceitfully stated by Sahara Reporters. Heritage bank is a legal entity, and like any other public liability company, is managed by an efficient Management and Board accountable to all its stakeholders.
“We find the insistent and vehement attacks particularly by Sahara Reporters appalling, malicious, unprofessional and unethical.
“Consistent with our core values, we are resolutely committed to strict adherence to regulations and to our service contract with all our stakeholders.“
The woman at the center of the controversy, Mrs Akpobome is yet to make any statement on the matter.“