Several employees of Heritage Bank Plc in Nigeria have accused Andy Uba, a Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District in the Senate, of collecting huge loans from the bank and refusing to pay back.
A video, which has since gone viral, shows over 20 employees of the bank both men and women in branded T-shirts and Jean trousers in front Of the senator’s house, protesting with placards in hand.
A voice in the video said they were staff members of Heritage Bank and were at Senator Uba’s residence in Abuja to put pressure on him to pay back his loans after several efforts had failed.
They said they felt compelled to take the action because their jobs are at stake, adding that they may lose their jobs if the loans are not repaid.
The voice said: “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Today is Monday, the 21st day of June 2021, and we have here the staff of Heritage Bank PlC, Abuja. We are in front of Senator Andy Uba’s house in Abuja.
“Senator Uba has been owing the bank for a couple of years now, and we are here for a peaceful meeting with him, very peaceful meeting. To ask him to kindly repay those loans, because they are depositors’ funds.
“Those monies, if they are not repaid, will throw the number of the people you see here, with their families out of work. And we know the situation of the economy now. If this number of people are thrown out of work, you know what it means.”
“So that people will not lose their job…”
The senator whose net worth as of February 2021 was said to be $2.1 billion, has reportedly demanded a probe into rumors of his arrest over money laundering, noting that he was never arrested for any reason in 2019.
He said he was surprised when his attention was drawn to a news report in the media that he was arrested in Lagos with a huge sum of money.
The senator is also rumored to be preparing to contest for an upcoming governorship election in his state.
Watch the video
Heritage Bank staff (Abuja) gathered at Senator Andy Uba's House for a peaceful "meeting" over outstanding loans.
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