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Customers sue bank for unjustifiable deductions, court orders refund

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A Magistrate Court sitting in Surulere, Lagos has ordered a new generation bank to refund the sum of $30,769 it deducted from three businesswomen’s domiciliary and Naira accounts.

The businesswomen are Mrs Adebomi Orogun, Mrs Kehinde Banjo, and Mrs Oluwatoyin Ode.

Magistrate Oluwatoyin Otitoju gave the order after hearing the claimants’ application.

The first application, Mrs Orogun said, “On the 4th of March, 2022, I was shocked to discover that all my accounts (USD, EURO, and Naira) and that of my fellow Claimants with the respondent (Polaris Bank) had been frozen and a ‘post no debit’ order was placed on them”

Still speaking, she disclosed, “This action carried out by the bank was done entirely without recourse to me, who believed that all due commissions had been deducted and I had enough balance to plan my life with.”

The other applicants also complained about affidavits containing similar facts.

The bank did not show up nor put up a defence.

Reviewing the facts of the case, Magistrate Otitoju on June 21, 2022, held that the bank’s action was illegal and void.

She held: “An order of this Honourable Court is hereby made declaring the “post no debit” order placed on the 1st applicant’s USD, Euro, and Naira accounts and 2nd applicant’s USD and Naira accounts, and 3rd applicant’s USD and Naira accounts by the respondent (Polaris Bank) as illegal.

“An order of this Honourable Court is hereby made declaring the unauthorised deductions from the 1st applicant’s USD account, 2nd applicant’s USD account, and 3rd applicant’s USD account as illegal and void.

“An order of this Honourable Court is hereby made directing the respondent to revert the applicants’ accounts to status quo as of 17th January 2022.”

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