Emmanuel Uche Best, hailing from Umuaku in the Isuochi Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, achieved his educational milestone by graduating from Benue State Polytechnic Ugbokolo. The promising young man, who had recently completed his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in June 2023, embarked on a new journey as an employee of the United Bank for Africa, UBA. Tragically, his life was cut short during a violent bank robbery at the UBA branch in Otukpo on the fateful day of October 20th.
In a harrowing incident that also affected other financial institutions, such as First Bank, Access, Stanbic IBTC, and Zenith Banks, Emmanuel Best was among the unfortunate victims of the daring armed robbers who descended on the Otukpo region in Benue State. The robbers’ ruthless attack claimed the lives of approximately seven individuals, including a former counselor who was conducting business at the time.
An eyewitness, known as Sunny, explained that the robbers began their spree by targeting the local police station before turning their attention to the banks. It is suspected that stray bullets from the ensuing exchange of gunfire led to Emmanuel’s untimely demise.
The tragedy unfolded against a backdrop of corporate insensitivity as the Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of the bank, Mr. Muyiwa Akinyemi, convened a meeting on the following Saturday morning. This meeting, which aimed to drive staff to increase deposits and account openings, struck a dissonant chord with some disgruntled employees. They questioned the DMD’s decision to proceed with such an event in the aftermath of the tragic robbery, advocating for a more compassionate and respectful response in light of the lives lost.
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