Mr Femi Shekoni, a Fidelity Bank Plc customer, has sued the bank before an Abuja FCT High Court,asking for N33 million damages over alleged assault on him and forceful seizure of his properties by officials of the bank and security agents.
Shekoni,an accountant, urged the court to compel the bank to pay him N33 million, being compensation for injuries inflicted on him during the attack on him and for the forceful seizure of his properties by the defendants.
The plaintiff in the suit marked: CV/2359/15, through his counsel, Mr Ibrahim Hassan, urged the court to declare as illegal and unlawful the forceful seizure of his properties on April 15 by the bank’s officials.
Shekoni also prayed the court to declare the act of the defendant through its servants, agents and privies in assaulting him on April 23, 2015 as unlawful.
The Plaintiff, who instituted the action via a writ of summons, demanded an order of the court to compel the defendant to return all his seized properties to him immediately.
He,in his statement of claim, prayed the court to grant an order to compel the defendant to pay him N20m as general damages for seizure of his properties; N10m for the assault meted to him; and N3m being the cost ofthe court action.
Shekoni submitted that he obtained a loan of N3m from the bank in September, 2013 with an agreement to pay back through his monthly salary over a 24-month repayment period, which he complied immediately, until March 2014 when his employer terminated his job.
He said that his former employer paid him N1, 129,000, as his termination of job entitlements which he also used to defray part of the loan.
According to him, the loss of the job and the inability of his former employer to pay the outstanding entitlements made him to default in the loan payment.
The plaintiff further claimed that sometime in April, he went to Gwarimpa, Abuja branch of the bank to transact business with his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) and while there, two officials of the bank, Rabi Mohammed (Branch Leader) and Emmanuel Agada (Relationship Officer) pounced on him and attacked him.
In addition, he said, two fully armed security personnel attached to the bank joined in the attack using gun butts to brutalize, humiliate and dehumanize him.
Shekoni further alleged that the defendants inflicted grievous injuries on him, while a Toyota Matrix car belonging to his friend, Prince AbdulRasaq Sheinde, with No AAA77DB, besides other vital documents were forcefully seized from him.
He, therefore, urged the court to declare the defendants’ actions against him as “unjust, unfair, unlawful, illegal and enter judgment in his favour.”
The court has fixed October 29 for hearing on the suit.