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Sierra Leone News: Malen vs Socfin… Ex-MP freed but 5 others still in

Five people involved in the Malen Vs Socfin case continue to languish behind bars while Siaka Sama, the ring leader, got his freedom on Wednesday February 24. The erstwhile Member of Parliament from Pujehun District was fined Le60 000 000 on a two count charge of
“incitement and conspiracy.”
The 6 people, as it could be recalled, were on February 11 found guilty of “conspiracy to commit a crime, incitement and destruction of 40 palm trees belonging to the Socfin Agricultural Company by the high court in Bo.
The six activists are all members of the Malen Affected Land Owners and Users Association and they were each sentenced to a minimum of 5 months imprisonment or pay a fine of US$35 000. The ex-MP Siaka Sama was however fined Le60m as he was found guilty of “incitement and conspiracy to commit a crime.”
Meanwhile, the case dates back to 2013 when the 6 people were arrested for allegedly destroying 40 palm plantations, property of Socfin. The civil society has meanwhile opened a bank account to raise money to free the others.
FBNBank always put customers first – Nelson Akande
Managing Director of First International Bank of Nigeria (FBNBank), Nelson Akande has said that his bank is the Number One customer friendly bank in the country as they believe and respect their customers, because they the reason why the bank exists.
He said the bank is the newest in Sierra Leone and since they arrived they have been doing fine in the banking world and they are working towards making it the biggest and best in the country, just like what they have done in Nigeria,.
“At FBNBank, we love to put the customer first and we know success is dependent on the happiness and satisfaction of our customers. Our ‘You First’ conviction inspires and guides our processes and approach to business; the reason we create relevant and innovative financial solutions that help you achieve your dreams and aspirations.”
The MD says they live by their beliefs and consistently strive to inspire understanding, drive collaboration and build a better way to unify and strengthen the brand to delight all stakeholders. Consequently, he said they work daily to implement best practices through their culture and ultimately enable their employees to understand their customers’ lives and be driven to meet their needs appropriately.
Mr. Akande said the bank has many facilities to help customers achieve their dreams and people should always free to work into their bank and check to see the facilities offered that will suit their portfolio.
“In Nigeria, where our headquarter is, FBNBank has been named “The Best Bank Brand in Nigeria” four times in a row – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 – by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; and “Most Innovative Bank in Africa” in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2014.
Mr. Nelson Akande noted that with the many financial institutions dotted along the Siaka Stevens Street, one might wonder why FBN Bank chose to operate there.
“The rationale is that the bank has a strategy to expand its presence in the country in order to meet the increasing financial solution needs of individuals and businesses operating within this enclave.”
FBNBank, he said, has successfully trained their tellers to look for opportunities to cross-sell bank products and refer customers to the right person. A teller may see aregular customer cash a dividend check and refer the person to the investment specialist.
“The progress FirstBank had made in trade finance is further buttressed by its consistent win of the ‘Best Trade Finance Bank in Nigeria’ by Global Finance Awards for seven years including 2015. FBN Bank (UK) Limited has also been named Best Trade Finance Bank in West Africa for five consecutive years by Global Trade Review Awards.”
So, it is in this vein that FBNBank Sierra Leone is determined to achieve, because the bank is born of strength and dynamism of a well-diversified service provider and the largest financial services group in Sub-Saharan Africa that is worth to bank on. As we continue to put customers first, this has been the driving force of our growth and expansion through the years, even as we are poised to deliver excellent financial solutions that put you first.’
By Jenkins Bawoh
Friday February 26, 2016

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