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Five Millionaires emerge in Polaris Bank’s ongoing ‘Save & Win’ PromoLagos, Nigeria:

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November 15, 2023 – Five lucky Nigerians at the weekend hit a fortune when they emerged Millionaires in the ongoing Polaris Bank Save & Win Promo.The live quarterly draw of the ongoing Polaris ‘Save & Win’ promo which took place at the Bank’s headquarters Annex, Alausa Ikeja at the weekend in Lagos, further underscored Polaris Bank’s dedication to fairness in all its promotions and activities.The development is in line with the Bank’s commitment to rewarding its loyal customers across the nation.The winners emerged through a draw exercise which was witnessed by its representatives and relevant Agencies of government; Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), National Lottery Commission (NLRC) and Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) who confirmed that the 5 lucky winners were selected across Nigeria’s various regions spanning the geo-zonesEach winner received a cash prize of N1,000,000. During the draw, the lucky winners were called at random using a hybrid media technology which enabled in-premises event; as well as participation of over 1221 customers through the Bank’s virtual network and social media handles. One of the lucky millionaires commended the Bank in putting in place the promo at this time which he said was relevant saying “Thank you to Polaris Bank for making me a millionaire. I never expected this surprise. This money definitely came in at the right time, I will tell my friends to open accounts with Polaris Bank and participate in the promo so we can all become millionaires.”Speaking at the live draw event, the representative from FCCPC; Susie Onwuka said, “We’ve been monitoring Polaris Bank since the promo started and it has been fair, they comply to rules and guidelines. Customers should feel free and confident to participate in the promo”. During the unveiling of the lucky millionaires, Polaris Bank’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO), ‘Dele Adeyinka also expressed the Bank’s commitment to encouraging a culture of savings among its customers. “The Polaris Bank Save & Win promo is not just about rewarding customers; it’s also about encouraging our customers to save for the rainy day”.The CDO emphasized that customers can still participate in, or increase their chances of winning by depositing a minimum of N10,000 in their Savings account. He also noted that non-customers of the Bank can participate for a chance to win in the draws by opening a Polaris Savings account with N2,000 and growing same to N10,000 before the next draw date.The representatives of the regulatory bodies commended the Bank for making good its promise to winners of the draws.For those wishing to be part of the Campaign and stand a chance to also become millionaires, below are four (4) ways to participate in the ongoing Polaris Save & Win promo:1. Download VULTe on iOS and the App store to open a Polaris Savings Account or dial USSD *833*0# on your phone or log into Polaris Bank savings portal.2. Grow your account by N10,000 or more and maintain for 30 days or by N10,000 for 3 consecutive months to qualify for monthly & quarterly draws respectively.3. If your account is dormant, you can reactivate your account without visiting the Bank by simply dialing *833*30#.4. Follow the Bank’s handles @polarisbankltd across all social media platforms or visit the website to stay updated.Polaris Bank was adjudged Nigeria’s Digital Bank of the Year in 2023, 2022 and 2021 in BusinessDay’s Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards. As a digital-forward Bank, the Bank is dedicated to forging a customer-focused future through innovative partnerships that reshape both businesses and communities.

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Union Bank Achieves Another Milestone; Attains MSECB ISO 27001:2022, 20000-1:2018 and 22301 Certifications

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Lagos, Nigeria — Union Bank, one of Nigeria’s foremost and most trusted financial institutions, has announced another significant achievement with its attainment of the MSECB management system certifications in ISO/IEC 27001:2022, ISO 22301:2019, and ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018.

The Bank was awarded these three noteworthy certifications by MSECB, a leading international provider of audit and certification services, after being rigorously assessed and found to be in accordance with the management system requirements covering Information Security, IT Service Delivery, and Business Continuity standards under the combined Information Management Systems (IMS) standards.

The information security management systems ISO/IEC 27001:2022, ISO 22301:2019, and ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018 are internationally recognised standards that outline the requirements for establishing an effective information management system that guides against data breaches, IT system compromises, and disruption to business processes.

These latest certifications will enable the bank to continue to offer its customers improved data security, innovative banking solutions, and seamless service delivery through its state-of-the-art banking network.

Commenting on the Bank’s recent attainment, Chief Information Security Officer at Union Bank, Francis Mojoyinlola, said: “The Bank’s continued adherence to best international practices, as acknowledged by an independent third-party audit from a reputable international certification firm, reaffirms our capacity to erect, implement, and maintain best information and security management practices.

We remain committed to offering our esteemed customers simpler, more innovative services rooted in the highest standards of information security and cutting-edge innovative banking service.”

MSECB Management System Incorporated, or simply MSECB, is a reputable international organisation specialising in the certification of management systems based on a wide range of global standards.

They offer audit and certification services and expertise in multiple fields, including, but not limited to, Information Security, Quality Management, Business Continuity, and Service Management. They help guide, evaluate, and issue various organisations’ certifications against internationally recognised standards.

Their mission is to provide their clients with comprehensive services that inspire trust and demonstrate recognition.

This recent achievement by Union Bank follows the bank’s recertification of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 3.2 and the International Organisation for Standardisation ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification attained in 2018.

This further highlights Union Bank’s commitment to the strictest information management security standards while securing its pride of place as one of Nigeria’s most trusted financial institutions.

Established in 1917 and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1971, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. is a household name and one of Nigeria’s long-standing and most respected financial institutions.

The Bank is a trusted and recognisable brand, with an extensive network of over 300 branches across Nigeria.

The Bank currently offers a variety of banking services to both individual and corporate clients including current, savings and deposit account services, funds transfer, foreign currency domiciliation, loans, overdrafts, equipment leasing and trade finance.

The Bank also offers its customers convenient electronic banking channels and products, including Online Banking, Mobile Banking, Debit Cards, ATMs and POS Systems.

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Court Sends FCMB Branch Manager To 121 Years Imprisonment For Embezzling Customers Fund

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FCMB is a leading financial institution in Nigeria has received a big shock of the year as one of its staff has been thrown to prison for fraud and embezzlement.

Mr Nwachukwu Placidus

Justice S. Odili at the Anambra State High Court in Onitsha, Anambra State, sentenced Mr Nwachukwu Placidus, a bank manager at First City Monument Bank FCMB, Onitsha Anambra State to 121 years in prison for embezzling N112 million from a customer’s fixed deposit account.Mr Nwachukwu PlacidusThe Honorable justices delivered the verdict resulting in the conviction and sentencing of a former manager at the First City Monument Bank’s branch in Onitsha, who has now been sentenced to a total of 121 years in prison for misappropriating fixed deposit funds totaling N112,100,000 from a customer for personal use. This is tantamount to a breach of trust by the former manager which has attracted a huge jail term.

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Fidelity Bank records a 120.1% growth in PBT to N39.5bn in Q1 2024

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Lagos, Nigeria, May 2, 2024: In line with its upward growth trajectory, leading financial institution, Fidelity Bank Plc, has posted an impressive 120.1% growth in Profit Before Tax from N17.9bn at the end of Q1 2023 to N39.5bn for Q1 2024. This was made known in the Bank’s unaudited financial statements released on the issuer portal of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) on Tuesday, 30 April 2024.

According to the statement, Gross Earnings increased by 89.9% yoy to N192.1bn from N101.1bn in Q1 2023. The increase was led by a combination of interest income (90.7% yoy) and non-interest income (84.0% yoy). Growth in interest income was primarily spurred by a higher yield environment and strong earning assets base, while the increase in non-interest income was led by double-digit growth in account maintenance charges, FX-related income, trade, banking services, and remittances, supported by increased customer transactions.

Commenting on the results, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, MD/CEO, Fidelity Bank Plc stated, “We are pleased to report another quarter of strong financial performance driven by our strategic focus on customer-centricity, digital innovation and operational excellence. Despite the challenging macroeconomic environment, we remained resilient and agile, delivering double-digit growth on key income lines while advancing our business sustainability agenda.”

In the period under review, the bank grew Net interest income grew by 89.5% yoy to N99.6bn from N52.6bn in Q1 2023, driven by interest and similar income as the yield on financial instruments improved to 14.7% from 10.1% in Q1 2023 (2023FY: 11.6%). In line with the steady rise in interest rates through the year, average funding cost increased by 80bps ytd to 5.2%. However, NIM came in at 8.8%

compared to 8.1% in 2023FY, as increased yield on earning assets surpassed funding cost to 15.1% from 13.3% in Q1 2023 (2023FY: 13.5%).

Similarly, Total Deposits increased by 17.2% ytd to N4.7tn from N4.0tn in 2023FY, driven by double-digit growth across all deposit types (demand, savings and term). Net Loans and Advances increased by 21.2% to N3.7tn from N3.1tn in 2023FY.

“Beginning the year on this inspiring note reaffirms our strategy of helping individuals to grow, inspiring businesses to thrive and empowering economies to prosper. We are committed to our guidance as we build a more resilient business franchise with a well-diversified earnings base in 2024,” explained Onyeali-Ikpe.

Ranked as one of the best banks in Nigeria, Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged customer commercial bank with over 8.5 million customers serviced across its 251 business offices in Nigeria and the United Kingdom as well as on digital banking channels.

The bank has won multiple local and international awards including the Export Finance Bank of the Year at the 2023 BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards, the Best Payment Solution Provider Nigeria 2023 and Best SME Bank Nigeria 2022 by the Global Banking and Finance Awards; Best Bank for SMEs in Nigeria by the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2023; and Best Domestic Private Bank in Nigeria by the Euromoney Global Private Banking Awards 2023.

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