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EXPERTS: Fingerprinting Banking Will Reduce Identity Theft—-Some experts have commended the introduction of fingerprinting banking, saying that it will reduce identity theft, said to be on the rise in banking, e-commerce and other financial activities in Nigeria.

They expressed their views in separate interviews with the Newsmen in Ibadan on Monday.

NAN reports that there has been an increase in cyber fraud in some financial institutions in the country, according to Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), in its industry fraud report.

Mr Gbenga Adeleye, Head, Human Resources Development, Science and Technology Cluster Committee, African Union, Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) Nigeria, said the country’s economy would benefit greatly from biometric technology as a way of enhancing efficient financial transactions.

“This is due to a unified credit performance system that will allow lenders and credit bureaus to implement the Central Bank of Nigeria’s “Know Your Customer (KYC)” policy.

“Also, unethical practices will be reduced, and banking activities appropriately monitored, as customers who borrow money from one bank and default will not be able to do same money from other banks without being detected,” Adeleye said.

A Financial Consultant with L.A. Konsult, Mrs Lolade Adesola, said with the increasing cases of identity theft, biometric identification appeared to be a veritable way out.

“If it is introduced at every level, it will be very helpful, because fingerprints are unique and good for identification purposes and financial transactions, even for identical twins.

“It is a good step if financial agencies get the infrastructure to be able to use fingerprints for identification. It is a good way forward,” Adesola said.

She, however, added that there must be a slow transition period for use of fingerprints as a biometric technology for trading and transaction purposes.

Also, Mr Tunji Adepeju, a financial expert, described fingerprinting as about the most secure biometric technology and a better way of checking identity theft.

“Somebody can forge a signature to sign a cheque or document, but the use of biometric technology, such as fingerprinting, will be able to detect it.

“Also, there are times you want to make withdrawals and you are not with your ATM card or even your cheque book; fingerprinting banking will be available for such persons to do their financial transactions.

“Although such service may attract extra charges by financial institutions, it would have, at least, solved the problem and guarded against possible frauds in the system,” he said.

Adepeju also stated that use of fingerprinting could help in achieving more financial inclusion, as those who couldn’t use ATM cards, for whatever reason, would have alternative means of carrying out their financial transactions.

Dr Oludayo Tade, of Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, said that fingerprinting was good, as it simplified the problems associated with other methods of accessing banking services.

Tade, a criminologist, however, stated that the security system associated with the new method should be improved upon to enhance its efficiency and effectiveness

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JUST IN: Nigeria Felicitates #OPEC At 63



#OPEC At 63

JUST IN: Nigeria Felicitates #OPEC At 63—Nigeria has congratulated the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at 63.

This is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Amb. Gabriel Aduda .

He said OPEC had made significant strides in energy governance and the transformative impact of petroleum supply worldwide, over the past six decades.

Aduda, who is also Nigeria’s Governor at OPEC, recalled that on September 14, 1960, at the Al-Shaab Hall, in Iraq, heads of delegation from five founding nations, united to establish what is called OPEC today.

He said OPEC had eventually become a formidable force, revolutionising the history of global oil production and exports.

“The resolute actions and unwavering commitment of OPEC have left an indelible mark on history, exemplifying the value of perseverance and the relentless pursuit of results.

“As we celebrate the birth of this remarkable idea and the immense progress made by OPEC over the past 63 years, Nigeria takes great pride in joining the global community in honoring this occasion.

“On behalf of President Bola Tinubu, and the wonderful people of our beloved nation, Nigeria, I extend heartfelt congratulations to management and members of OPEC on this auspicious commemoration of OPEC’s 63 years of progress,” Aduda said.

Continuing, he said “Undoubtedly, our nation stands proudly alongside OPEC, acknowledging the significant strides made in energy governance and the transformative impact of petroleum supply worldwide over the past six decades.

“On this momentous occasion, we, the people of Nigeria, join our OPEC counterparts and the global community in fervent prayer, echoing the sentiments of the OPEC Secretariat, for even greater prosperity and success in the days and years ahead”.

Aduda said OPEC, and non members had maintained a commendable status as an intergovernmental organisation at the United Nations and worldwide.

“Alongside our fellow members and non-OPEC countries, OPEC has consistently championed lofty ideals and objectives aimed at advancing sustainable development goals through energy provision and environmental preservation.

“Through extensive cooperation with non-OPEC oil-producing nations, OPEC has continued to make informed decisions in fostering market stability within the global energy sector,” he said. 

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JUST IN: Appeal Court Nullifies Sale Of Intercontinental Hotel, Orders Return To Milan Group



Intercontinental Hotel

JUST IN: Appeal Court Nullifies Sale Of Intercontinental Hotel, Orders Return To Milan Group—The Court of Appeal Lagos Division has nullified the sale of Intercontinental Hotels, Lagos by Polaris Bank and Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, and ordered a return of the facility to the original owner, the Milan Industries Ltd.


In a unanimous judgment in suit No CA/LAG/CV/476/2021 delivered by three Justices of the Appeal Court: Jimi Olukayode Bada, who read the lead judgment; Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo and Peter Oyinkenimiemi Affen, the appellate court ruled that Milan Industries Ltd had fully paid the bank the Two Billion Naira (N2Billion) mortgage facility it secured from Polaris Bank before the hotel was taken over and sold by AMCON and the bank.

The bank, which was then known as Skye Bank had put the management of the five-star hotel under the receivership of Mr. Kunle Ogunba, an arrangement that was nullified by a Federal High Court in Lagos. Despite this, the bank went ahead and sold the hotel to another company, 11 PLC, a move that was challenged at the Appeal Court by the lawyers to Milan Industries Ltd, Messrs Ahmed Raji SAN and Tunde Kasunmu of Prof A.B Kasunmu SAN chambers.

It will be recalled that Milan Industries Ltd had taken a facility from Skye Bank to part finance the five-star hotel located in Victoria Island, Lagos and managed by IHG.

The Milan Group, has up till 2021 to pay back the facility but in a curious move, the bank obtained an interim order to take over the management of the hotel, an order that was vacated when the suit was struck out by the court on March 20th 2018.
According to the Certified True Copy of the judgment signed and released on Wednesday by the Senior Registrar of the court, A. G. Balogun, the appellate court held that the two issues Milan Industries as Appellant/Cross Respondent was contesting were resolved in its favour.

According to the lead judgment by Justice Jimi Bada, “With the resolution of Issues No. 1 and 2 in favour of the Cross Respondent and against the Cross Appellants (Polaris Bank, AMCON and 11 PLC), it is my view that this cross appeal lacks merit and it is hereby dismissed.”
While agreeing with the lead judgment, another member of the appeal court panel, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo stated that “the appellant insisted that it had paid over Two Billion Naira in liquidating the facility and that as at the time the 1st respondent (Polaris Bank) entered into agreement to sell the appellant’s secured asset to the 2nd respondent (AMCON), there was no collaterized and secured asset to sell to the 2nd respondent.

It was also the case of the appellant that at the time the 2nd respondent sold the appellant’s Intercontinental Hotel to the 3rd respondent, the appellant had discharged its obligation under the legal mortgage by paying the amount secured by the property.”

To buttress his position, Justice Sirajo ruled that “I adopt his lordship’s reasoning and conclusion in the leading judgment as mine in also allowing the appeal. I abide by all the orders made in the leading judgment including that of the costs.

While also concurring with the lead judgment by Justice Bada, the third member of the appeal panel, Justice Peter Affen said “the judicial reasoning and conclusions reached on the issues raised accord with mine, and I hereby affirm my agreement with the leading judgment which allowed the main appeal and dismissed the cross appeal. I equally abide by the orders on the costs.”

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