IN SHORT: Guaranty Trust Bank asked Nigerians to ignore social media posts that falsely quoted their group CEO saying the bank had given millions of naira in new notes to president-elect Bola Tinubu.
Posts shared on Facebook and Twitter claim Segun Agbaje, a senior banking executive in Nigeria, said his bank had given N500 million in new naira notes to Bola Tinubu, Nigeria’s president-elect, on orders of Muhammadu Buhari, the incumbent president.
The quote attributed to him is: “We gave Bola Tinubu 500 million new naira notes on Friday, 24th February on the order of the president.”
But did Agbaje really admit to this very large donation? We checked.
The bank denied giving this money to Tinubu and said that Agbaje wasn’t the bank’s current managing director, in a statement issued on 28 February.
The statement reads, in part: “The Bank wishes to refute this claim in its entirety and state categorically that it is completely false and is designed to bring the image of the Bank and its officers to disrepute.”
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