Victims of fire outbreak which occurred recently in Ughelli, Delta state, yesterday shut and grounded commercial activities at Eco Bank, market branch over unpaid compensation.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the protesters, recently lost properties worth millions of Naira when their shops were engulfed by fire from the faulty generating set belonging to the bank on March 3rd.
The protesters displayed placard bearing various inscriptions such as “Pay us our money”, “Enough is enough” and “Ecobank, stop oppressing us”.
It was gathered that the protesters stormed the bank as early as 8am yesterday and shut the gates. Staff and customers were not allowed to enter the Bank.
The protest took over the an hour before the Police from the Ughelli Police station intervened and pleaded with them to be patient with a promise by the management of the bank to look into their plight.
A shop owner and victim of the incident, who spoke to newsmen said: “After the fire incident, the bank promised to get back to us, but till date, we are yet to hear from them as they keep tossing us to and fro like little children”.
According to him “we lost millions of properties as a result of the fire and we are currently financially constrained as a result of the loss suffered as a result of the incident.”
However, the Branch Manager of the bank refused to make any comment, “Am not in the position to speak to the press on this issue, you can reach the brand communication at Lagos for comments.”

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