Following the assault of a staff by Managing Director of GTBank Liberia, the bank has released another statement clarifying on their position and condemning the assault.
On Tuesday, a video circulated online of a staff of the bank who was bleeding after he was assaulted by the Managing Director of GTBank Liberia, Mr. Ayodeji David Bejide.
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GTB’s M.D. arrested for assaulting a staff . . A Nigerian man, Ayodeji Bejide, who is the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank, Liberia, has been arrested for assaulting a staff of the bank, on Tuesday. . . Both Bejide and the staff, Edward Freeman, were at the police headquarters upon which the MD was detained while Freeman was told to seek medical attention. . . In a video, circulated on social media, Freeman was seen with a bloody lip. Bejide allegedly threw a calculator at him during a disagreemet at the bank’s 13th Street head office in Sinkor, Monrovia. . . Former GT Bank Liberia employees who spoke to the Daily Observer, said Bejide is noted for verbal assaults against employees, especially Liberians. . . It was gathered that Freeman was assaulted for not submitting a report on time as mandated by Bejide, following a review of the Board of Directors in its August 2018 sitting. . . A female employee also told the Daily Observer that she resigned because of Bejide’s behavior, especially toward female staffers. . . She said Bejide looks down on employees and senior staffers as though they are his kids, and addresses them however he feels, in spite of one’s assignment and status.
In a statement signed by the head of legal/company secretary and sent to all members of taff. The updated it’s employees on the progress of the investigation.
The statement read:
“We have received with total reprehension a report about the assault of one of our members of staff and wish to inform the public that we have immediately commenced a thorough investigation into the matter in accordance with professional standard and international best practices,” the GT Bank said in release late Tuesday evening.
“We do not condone any form of assault in the workplace nor do we compromise on our principle that every staff should be able to come to work without fear of violence, abuse or harassment from any member of our staff.
“Indeed, at the core of our value is the premium we put on the welfare of our members of staff and their safety in the workplace.
“As a law abiding organization and corporate citizen, GT Bank Liberia maintains a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude towards violence or assault of any kind and we will not hesitate to take action against any staff who is found to be in breach of the bank strict code of conduct, regardless of their position in the organization.
“The bank also maintains very active structures to provide all necessary care and assistance to any member of staff who is a victim of assault.
“Once again, we wish to reassure all members of the public that the bank remains committed [to] ensuring a safe and conducive environment for its staff and providing best-in-class services to its customers.”