Over 872 customers of Diamond bank PLC in Ebonyi State under the aegis of Cashflowabi Network Limited besieged Ogoja road branch of the bank in Abakaliki, the state capital, demanding payment of their N294 million contributory savings in the bank withheld since four years ago.
The group during the protest on Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the bank for allegedly denying them access to their fund which is over N294 million domiciled in the bank in connivance with Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, despite federal high court order directing the unfreezing of the account.
The EFCC and police had launched probed into the activities of the association in 2012 and later cleared to be genuine, according to the group.
They carried placards with inscriptions such as, Diamond bank the blood of dead investors of Cashflowabi is on your head; Diamond bank you think you are smart and strong but God pass una; Baba Buhari the Cashflowabi clients are asking for help; Help help diamond bank is killing us; Diamond bank what happened to our Cashflowbi fund? among thers.
Speaking during the protest, the leader, Philip Eze, the field officer and business developer of the group who said the group was a legitimate investment firm recognised by law, noted that they are having similar problem with Diamond bank in the 15 states where they operate with no just cause.
He noted that withholding of their money has brought untold hardship to them, adding that some members of the group had died because of the trauma.
He said, “Many of us are dead while some are dying. While some have attempted suicide in time past, some marriages remain shaky till today and some homes are broken.
“For some of us who double as both clients and staff of the organisation, to say we are hungry and suffering is an understatement.
“We die silently to fears of what clients and the society have in stock for us since most of them became investors through us.
We are harassed and embarrassed by clients who seek our lives; we are attacked in the most dehumanising ways you can think of.
“We are viewed as taboo who connived with outsiders to dupe them of their hard earned money, we are incarcerated for money we did not eat.”
When journalists sought to speak with the branch manager, he declined saying the matter was not for public consumption.
But when the branch manager of the bank came out to address the protesting customers, he told them that Cashflowbi had issues with the federal government and not the bank, stating that the bank would only be ready to grant access to those signatory to the account if there was court order to that effect and not just to anyone who approached the bank.

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