Cross River residents storm banks in search of cash

Some residents who spoke to NAN said they had been in line as early as 6 a.m. to beat the rush. 

They regretted, however, that some banks had yet to open as of 8 a.m. for reasons unknown to customers. 

Mr Abel Odidi, a resident who bemoaned the situation, said he had been unable to obtain cash since Thursday. 

"I had to come back and try again this morning, and the crowd I encountered when I arrived around 7:30am was something lamentable," he explained. 

Mr Ashieshie Donald, who described the situation as "terrible," complained that residents faced the double problem of being unable to assess cash in both banking halls and ATMs. 

Similarly, Olarewanju Rotimi, a Civil Servant who said he had been in line since 6 a.m., said neither of the two ATMs was dispensing cash. 

"The worst part is that the cash-only PoS operators are exploiting the customers with their exorbitant charges," he said. 

Attempts to speak with some bank officials were unsuccessful because they stated that only their headquarters could comment on the matter. 

Meanwhile, security personnel were stationed throughout the capital city. 

The personnel were seen strategically positioned throughout the ancient city. 

SP Irene Ugbo, the state Police Command's spokesperson, stated that the deployment of security personnel was only a precautionary measure against unexpected events and that there was no cause for concern.

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