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FG To Sell Oil In Naira To Dangote Refinery
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FG To Sell Oil In Naira To Dangote Refinery

THE Federal Government has concluded plans to sell crude oil to the $15 billion Dangote Refinery in Naira. This is part of measures adopted to strengthen the currency and by extension the nation’s economy. The governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, who visited, Saturday, to inspect the ongoing construction of the Dangote Refinery, Petrochemicals Complex Fertiliser Plant, and Subsea Gas Pipeline project at Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, said: “We have taken the decision to sell the crude to the Refinery in Naira because we want to impact the economy. “We also hope that by the time the Refinery start to refine, and sell its petroleum products in Naira, the local currency will be stronger, and by extension the nation’s economy, which is still oil-driven.” Accordin...
VP Osinbajo Speaks Against Ban On Cryptocurrency (Video)
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VP Osinbajo Speaks Against Ban On Cryptocurrency (Video)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for the regulation of cryptocurrencies in the country instead of the ban placed on it by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Osinbajo made the call when he spoke at the Bankers Committee Vanguard in Lagos State today February 26. He shared a video of his speech via his Instagram handle, with the caption; "First is that there is no question that blockchain technology generally and cryptocurrencies in particular will in the coming years challenge traditional banking, including reserve banking, in ways that we cannot yet imagine so we need to be prepared for that seismic shift. Clearly the future of money and finance, especially for traditional banking, must be as exciting as it is frightening. But as we have seen in many other sectors disruption...
Cryptocurrency: We Acted In Nigerians’ Best Interest – Emefiele
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Cryptocurrency: We Acted In Nigerians’ Best Interest – Emefiele

The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has said the bank’s decision to prohibit deposit money banks, non-banking institutions and other financial institutions from facilitating trading and dealings in cryptocurrency is in the best interest of Nigerian depositors and the country’s financial system. Emefiele stated this yesterday while briefing a joint Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions; ICT and Cybercrime and Capital Market, on its directive to institutions under the apex bank’s regulation. Describing the operations of cryptocurrencies as dangerous and opaque, the CBN Governor said the use of cryptocurrency contravened an existing law. He said given the fact that cryptocurrencies were issued by unregulated and unlic...
SEC Seeks Regulation Of Digital Assets, Says $2 Trillion Crypto Can’t Be Ignored
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SEC Seeks Regulation Of Digital Assets, Says $2 Trillion Crypto Can’t Be Ignored

Timi Agama, head of registration, exchanges, market infrastructure and innovation department of SEC, was speaking at a virtual lecture organised by the Association of Capital Market Academics of Nigeria (ACMAN) in Abuja, on Sunday. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had asked commercial banks to block accounts of cryptocurrency traders in their systems. After the directive, Nigerians took to social media to condemn the decision. NAN quotes Agama as saying cryptocurrency is a $2 trillion market that cannot be ignored. He said the world cannot be moving forward while Nigeria remains static. Agama said although SEC or the capital market would not accommodate or encourage any fraudulent practices that allowed for money laundering, cryptocurrency is a market worth looking into...
Crypto Restriction Opens Nigeria To Fresh Foreign Scramble
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Crypto Restriction Opens Nigeria To Fresh Foreign Scramble

Foreign techies and innovators have renewed the historic scramble for the Nigerian market, following official restriction of local transactions in cryptocurrencies. The Guardian learnt that the number and intensity of online meetings with young traders on how they can circumvent the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN)’s restriction on banks and other financial institutions from transacting have increased in several folds since last week. In one of the meetings in which The Guardian participated by proxy last week, Nigerian youths were invited to subscribe to a credit card launched a few months ago. The selling point of the card described as a lifestyle card is that it enables users to convert cryptocurrencies to five different benchmark currencies – dollar, pound, euro, yen and yuan....
Nigeria’s SEC Plans To Regulate Crypto On Hold In Light Of Central Bank Ban
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Nigeria’s SEC Plans To Regulate Crypto On Hold In Light Of Central Bank Ban

Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Thursday it has put plans to regulate cryptocurrencies on hold in light of the central bank’s decision to ban them, according to a report by the Guardian Nigeria. The regulatory body released a statement officially confirming any plans to regulate the cryptocurrencies are now on hold following a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directive ordering banks to close any accounts transacting with cryptocurrencies. “For the purpose of admittance into the SEC regulatory incubation framework, the assessment of all persons and products affected by the CBN circular of Feb. 5, 2021, is hereby put on hold until such persons are able to operate bank accounts within the Nigerian banking system,” the SEC said in a statement seen by the pu...
EndSARS: Moghalu Commends Court’s Order On CBN To Unfreeze Protesters’ Accounts
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EndSARS: Moghalu Commends Court’s Order On CBN To Unfreeze Protesters’ Accounts

Former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN Deputy Governor, Kingsley Moghalu, has welcomed a Federal High Court order for the apex bank to unfreeze bank accounts of Endsars protesters. The court, sitting in Abuja, had during the week ordered CBN to unfreeze the accounts of 20 people linked to last October's nationwide protests against police brutality and other national issues. The CBN had earlier said that the protester's accounts were frozen because they were umder investigation Moghalu, a 2019 presidential candidate, said the court's decision was in order in a statement he signed and made available to reporters on Friday. "I welcome the decision of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria to unfreeze the bank accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters ...
Crypto Ban: Northern Senators Support CBN, Southern Senators Oppose
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Crypto Ban: Northern Senators Support CBN, Southern Senators Oppose

The recent ban on cryptocurrency transactions via Nigerian bank accounts has divided opinions among Nigerian senators. The Central Bank had directed deposit money banks and other financial institutions to deactivate all customers’ accounts used for transacting all forms of virtual currencies. The CBN hinged its decision on claims that fraudulent transactions were being carried out via cryptocurrency dealings, thereby weakening the Naira. It also alleged that the exchange could be used to funnel illicit funding for terrorism and other threats to national security. Debating the development on Thursday at plenary, Senator Tokunbo Abiru, a former bank chief executive from Lagos, says he does not see the ban as the solution to the highlighted threats but suggested a public hearing ...
Court Dismisses Case Against CBN’s Directives On Bank Charges
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Court Dismisses Case Against CBN’s Directives On Bank Charges

The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday, said the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital, dismissed a suit instituted by a legal practitioner, Olumide Babalola, challenging the CBN policy on current account maintenance fee contained in the guide to the charges by banks and other financial institutions of January 2020. It disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Court dismisses case against CBN’s directives on bank charges’. The CBN stated that, “Babalola had instituted the action in the name of his law firm, Babalola LP, in which he contended that the policy and guidelines of the CBN violated his fundamental human rights. “The CBN, through its counsel, Adeleke Agbola, of Cheakley Chambers, however challenged the suit on the ground that the plaintiff lacked the...
Cryptocurrency Ban: Every Medium Of Exchange Is Subject To Fraud & Criminality — Moghalu Counters CBN
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Cryptocurrency Ban: Every Medium Of Exchange Is Subject To Fraud & Criminality — Moghalu Counters CBN

Former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu has criticized the apex bank’s reason for stopping cryptocurrency transactions in the country. CBN had in a statement released on Sunday February 7, said it banned cryptocurrency transactions because they are largely speculative, anonymous, untraceable and are increasingly being used for money laundering, terrorism financing and other criminal activities. Reacting to this while appearing on an Arise TV program on Monday February 8, Moghalu stated that the excuse of "cryptocurrencies being used to perpetrate fraud" is not a serious argument. The former presidential candidate in the interview averred that every medium of exchange is subject to fraud and criminality. Moghalu said all the apex bank neede...
CBN Investigates Cryptocurrency Companies’ Bank Accounts For Fraud
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CBN Investigates Cryptocurrency Companies’ Bank Accounts For Fraud

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has opened investigations into bank accounts of companies involved in the trading of cryptocurrencies with the intention of blocking those with suspicious transactions and fraud. A top central bank official while giving THISDAY more insight into last week’s decision mandating banks to close all accounts belonging to cryptocurrency traders, also pushed back criticism of the policy, saying the bank won’t abandon its regulatory roles to critics. The bank also insisted in a statement yesterday by its Director of Communications, Mr. Osita Nwanisobi, that the restriction regime is to protect Nigerians and the financial system. The CBN, however, got allies yesterday on its ban on cryptocurrency trading through banks as the Association of Bureaux De C...
Cryptocurrencies Have Become Well-suited for Conducting Many Illegal Activities – CBN
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Cryptocurrencies Have Become Well-suited for Conducting Many Illegal Activities – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria has explained why it banned cryptocurrency-related transactions in the country. The apex bank in a statement released on Sunday February 7, said cryptocurrencies have become well-suited for conducting many illegal activities including money laundering, terrorism financing, purchase of small arms and light weapons, and tax evasion. Daily Trust reported that CBN's Acting Director of Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi said the ban on such transactions will not have any negative impact on fintechs. It read; “The use of cryptocurrencies in Nigeria are a direct contravention of existing law. “It is also important to highlight that there is a critical difference between a Central Bank issued Digital Currency and cryptocurrencies. As the names im...
CBN directs banks to close accounts of cryptocurrency traders
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CBN directs banks to close accounts of cryptocurrency traders

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed banks to close accounts of persons or entities involved in cryptocurrency transactions within their systems.   The apex bank gave the directive in a circular issued today February 5. The circular was addressed toall deposit money banks (DMBs), non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs), and other financial institutions (OFIs).   In January 2017, the CBN had in a statement released, described bitcoin, litecoin, and others as digital currencies used largely used in terrorism financing and money laundering, considering the anonymity of virtual transactions and that such currencies are not accepted as legal tender in Nigeria.   Also in February 2018, the apex bank warned Nigerians against trading in such digital curre...
CBN Shuts Down Cryptocurrency Exchange Bank Accounts
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CBN Shuts Down Cryptocurrency Exchange Bank Accounts

LETTER TO ALL DEPOSIT MONEY BANKS, NON-BANK FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS The Central of Bank of Nigeria's (CBN) circular of January 12, 2017 ref FPR/DIR/GEN/C1R,06/010 which cautioned Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs), Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) and members of the pubic so the risk associated with transactions In crypto currency refers. Father to earlier regulatory directives on the subject, the Bank hereby wishes to remind regulated institutions that dealing in crypto curencies or facilitating payments for cryptocurrency exchanges is prohibited. Accordingly, all DMBs. NBFIs and OFIs are directed to identify persons and/or entities transacting in or operating crypto currency exchanges within tier systemsand ...
Finance Act: Disquiet As FG Targets ₦850 Billion From Dormant Accounts
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Finance Act: Disquiet As FG Targets ₦850 Billion From Dormant Accounts

The recently signed Finance Act, which empowers the federal government to help itself to a loan of N850 billion naira from dormant accounts and unclaimed dividends, is creating concerns amongst Nigerians. Through the Act, the federal government is targeting some N850bn from the said funds. It could be more as the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed said that the figure is still being computed but N850bn is within sight. “There would be as much as N850 billion. We have to get the exact report from the CBN and then Company’s Registrar to ascertain that so it could be realised into this special trust fund for unclaimed dividends and dormant accounts,” she said. The loan, the government said, would be used to fund the 2021 budget. Policy Will Dam...
Labour backs Emefiele on CBN’s Naira valuation
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Labour backs Emefiele on CBN’s Naira valuation

Organized labour has commended the recent measures of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) aimed at shoring up the value of the Naira. The Naira recently reversed its depreciation trend in the parallel market, recording N20 gain against the United States Dollar closing at N470 per dollar due to what observers attributed to the new rules introduced by the CBN, which allowed beneficiaries of diaspora remittances and foreign exchange transfers into domiciliary account, and collect the proceed in foreign currencies. Speaking at the one-day interactive session with stakeholders on the five-year policy trust of the apex bank in Kaduna, weekend, Vice President of Industriall Global Union, Comrade Issa Aremu, hailed the CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee ( MPC) for resisting the pressures to b...
CBN Denies Freezing EndSARS Promoters’ Accounts
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CBN Denies Freezing EndSARS Promoters’ Accounts

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has faulted claim that his bank obtained court orders to block accounts associated with promoters of the #EndSARS protests. Emefiele’s position was stated by his lawyer, former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mike Aondoakaa (SAN) while appearing before a Federal High Court in Abuja. Aondoakaa is the CBN Governor’s lawyer in the case, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1384/2020)of CBN v. Bolatito Rachael Oduala and 19 others in which Justice Ahmed Mohammed granted an order freezing the accounts of the defendants for 90 minutes in the first instance. The former AGF spoke while reacting to remarks by Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), lawyer to Albert A. Ugochuwu and others, whose accounts were also frozen i...
Hoarders In Trouble As Nigerian Rice Processors Slash Price To N19,000 Per Bag
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Hoarders In Trouble As Nigerian Rice Processors Slash Price To N19,000 Per Bag

The Rice Processors Association of Nigeria, RIPAN, has agreed to slash the price of 50kg bag of processed rice to N19,000 effective December 14, 2020. We gathered the current market price ranges from N28,000 to N30,000 per bag. The decision is coming after hike in rice prices occasioned by hoarding and closure of the nation’s land borders by the Buhari administration towards boosting self-sufficiency. Since the ban on rice import, some persons have been engaging in buying and storing the paddy, making huge profits. Worried by the rising prices, the RIPAN in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Tuesday set up task force headed by the Managing Director of Tiamin Rice, Aminu Ahmed, to monitor and ensure compliance with the new price regime. In an intervie...
CBN Asks Court Not To Unfreeze EndSARS Campaigners’ Accounts
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CBN Asks Court Not To Unfreeze EndSARS Campaigners’ Accounts

THE Central Bank of Nigeria has asked Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court in Abuja not to unfreeze the accounts of #EndSARS campaigners because they are still under probe for terrorism financing. The CBN said this in a counter-affidavit in opposition to a motion on notice filed by Gatefield Nigeria Limited, a company that sponsored freelance journalists to cover the #EndSARS protests in October. The apex bank had through an ex parte order frozen the account of Gatefield Nigeria Limited and 19 other persons who played a role in the protests. However, Gatefield opposed the CBN’s action in court, insisting that the act was illegal because the apex bank had frozen the accounts even before the court order to do so was obtained. In a counter-affidavit filed by a lawyer...
CBN Okays Withdrawals Of Dollars From Domiciliary Accounts
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CBN Okays Withdrawals Of Dollars From Domiciliary Accounts

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the amendment of procedures for receipt of diaspora remittances in an apparent and frantic attempt to improve liquidity in the forex market and reduce the disparity between the black market and official I&E window. This disclosure was made in a circular issued by the CBN on Monday, November 30, 2020, to all authorized dealers and the general public and signed by its Director for Trade and Exchange Department, Dr O.S. Nnaji. What the CBN is saying In the new amended procedure, CBN stated that beneficiaries of Diaspora Remittances through International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) shall henceforth receive such inflows in foreign currency (US Dollars) through the designated bank of their choice. The CBN’s circular partly read...
Half Of CBN Looting: Gowon Denies Allegation Says ‘It Is Rubbish’
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Half Of CBN Looting: Gowon Denies Allegation Says ‘It Is Rubbish’

Yakubu Gowon, a former military head of state, has described allegations that he looted half of the Central Bank of Nigeria as “rubbish”. Tom Tugendhat, a member of the United Kingdom parliament, had accused Gowon of looting Nigeria’s treasury when he left office. Speaking at the UK parliament committee debate on a petition on the #EndSARS crisis, Tugendhat had urged the UK to call out corruption and use its powers to stop who profit from Nigeria’s wealth and hide it in foreign countries. “Some people will remember when General Gowon left Nigeria with half of the Central Bank, so it is said, and moved to London,” he said. However, Tugendhat did not provide any evidence to support his claim. In reaction to the remark, Gowon told BBC: “I don’t know where he got that rubbish ...
CBN Looting: Adesina Dismisses UK MP’s Accusations Against Gowon
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CBN Looting: Adesina Dismisses UK MP’s Accusations Against Gowon

Akinwunmi Adesina has shared his thoughts about the raging controversy surrounding General Yakubu Gowon. It is no longer news he has been accused by a British MP of being behind, arguably, the greatest theft of public funds ever witnessed by the country. But in his opinion, Adesina advised that people be circumspect in believing what has been said about the former Commander in Chief. He shared his thoughts on via twitter thus: Be careful of misinformation! H.E. General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former Head of State, is a man of great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility and integrity. I know him. A great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria. His honesty and integrity are impeccable.
CBN Accuses EndSARS Campaigners Of Terrorism
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CBN Accuses EndSARS Campaigners Of Terrorism

The Federal Government was able to freeze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS campaigners after telling a Federal High Court in Abuja that the funds in their accounts might have been linked to terrorist activities. This is according to a written address in support of a motion ex parte filed by the Central Bank of Nigeria. The CBN had in the second week of October frozen 20 accounts and thereafter approached the court to seek an ex parte order to freeze the accounts. In the case with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1384/2020, filed before Justice A. R. Mohammed, the CBN, however, made no mention of the fact that the 20 accounts were owned by persons involved in the #EndSARS protests, but told the court that the funds might have emanated from terrorist activities. The written address read in ...
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EndSARS: Youth Reps Pull Out Of Lagos Judicial Panel After CBN Freeze Accounts

The youth representatives at the Lagos Judicial Panel refused to sit during Saturday’s session. The Judicial Panel of Inquiry was set up by the Lagos State Government, to probe the Lekki toll gate shootings and several complaints of human rights abuses against members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). However, after Central Bank obtained a court order to freeze the bank accounts of Adegoke Pamilerin and Bolatito Oduala, popularly known as Rinu alongside 17 others linked to the EndSARS protests, the youth reps boycotted today’s sitting. Anakle CEO, Editi Effiong, who was present at the venue tweeted the updates. “The youth panel members are NOT here. They’re pulling out in protest as one of the members’ (@SavvyRinu) bank account was frozen by @cenbank. “...
EndSARS: Rinu, Pamilerin, Gatefield’s Bank Accounts Frozen By CBN
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EndSARS: Rinu, Pamilerin, Gatefield’s Bank Accounts Frozen By CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria obtained a federal court order to freeze 20 bank accounts linked to supporters of the #EndSARS campaign last month, court document obtained by Peoples Gazette showed. Governor Godwin Emefiele filed an ex-parte court application to freeze the account on October 20, which was promptly granted by Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. Former attorney-general Michael Aondoakaa argued the case for the freezing of the accounts on behalf of CBN, documents showed. The bank accounts blocked included those run by Gatefield, a public interest think-tank, and Bassey Israel, a pharmacist. Gatefield has already filed a lawsuit challenging the freezing of its account. The banks that were ordered to freeze bank accounts of the #End...
Rising Debt Servicing Cost Can Impede Growth – CBN
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Rising Debt Servicing Cost Can Impede Growth – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria has expressed concern over the rising cost of debt service being incurred by the Federal Government. The CBN, in its half-year 2020 economic report, said the trajectory of Federal Government’s debt further constrained fiscal policy during the period, as interest payment obligations amounted to N1.15tn in the first half of 2020. “This suggested that, despite the subsisting revenue challenge, which was exacerbated by COVID-19, the larger proportion of FGN revenue was devoted to debt service,” it said.It said at 19.2 per cent, the debt-to-GDP ratio indicated a solvency position of the government. “However, the rising cost of debt service underscores a precarious liquidity position that could impair the government’s fiscal space, as well as its growth o...
Senate Directs Investigation Into Excessive Bank Charges
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Senate Directs Investigation Into Excessive Bank Charges

The Senate on Wednesday at plenary directed its Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions to investigate complaints of Nigerians on illicit and excessive bank charges by commercial banks on customers’ accounts. It also directed the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to look into the complaints of Nigerians and review the charges on their bank accounts. The resolutions of Senate, were sequel to a motion by Sen. Abba Moro (PDP-Benue South) on urgent need to investigate and review illicit and excessive charges by Nigerian banks on customers’ accounts. Moro, while presenting the motion, said there have been several complaints from Nigerians over illicit and excessive charges by commercial banks on their accounts. He said that such charges and deductions ranged...
CBN Okays ₦200 Billion Housing Loan For Low Income Earners
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CBN Okays ₦200 Billion Housing Loan For Low Income Earners

THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced N200 billion mortgage finance loan to Family Homes Fund (FHF). The fund is for the building of 300,000 homes in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory. It is also expected to help create up to 1.5 million jobs in five years. The CBN framework for the implementation of the Family Homes Financing Scheme released yesterday indicates that the fund would be released to FMF on project basis, subject to the cumulative maximum limit of N200 billion. According to the framework, the three-year term loan will enable FHF finance the construction of social housing units for people on low income at an interest rate not more than five per cent per annum (all inclusive). The apex bank said it introduced the financin...
Buhari, Family Under Fire For Breaching CBN Act, NCDC Guideline At Hanan Wedding
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Buhari, Family Under Fire For Breaching CBN Act, NCDC Guideline At Hanan Wedding

Many Nigerians have called out the first family for violating part of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act at the wedding ceremony of Hanan Buhari, one of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari. Many also condemned the safety guidelines issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with regards to overcrowding and social distancing to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hanan and Turad, son of a former lawmaker, Mahmud Sani Sha’aban, got married at the Aso Rock villa on Friday – a ceremony which was graced by top government officials, members of the diplomatic community and politicians. Pictures and videos from the wedding, including those shared on Instagram by the first lady, Aisha Buhari, went viral and trended throughout the weekend. One video cir...
CBN Freeze Adebutu Kessington’s Bank Accounts For “Tax Fraud”
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CBN Freeze Adebutu Kessington’s Bank Accounts For “Tax Fraud”

The move by the apex bank comes months after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission launched an investigation into the activities of Adebutu for alleged tax fraud and economic sabotage. The Central Bank of Nigeria has frozen the bank accounts of 38 Nigerian companies. This is as scarcity of dollars at the parallel market during the week forced the naira down to N465 against a United States dollar. Nigeria is presently facing one of its biggest dollar crunch in recent years with the impact hurting critical sectors of the economy. In a circular dated September 4, Bello Hassan, CBN’s Director of Banking Supervision, asked banks to place the accounts of the 38 companies on Post-No-Debit (PND) order “You are hereby required to place the under listed accounts on Post-No-Debi...
CBN Direct Banks To Take Over Collection Of Electricity Bills From Discos
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CBN Direct Banks To Take Over Collection Of Electricity Bills From Discos

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has asked banks to take responsibility for collecting electricity bill payments. In a circular dated August 21, Bello Hassan, CBN’s director of banking supervision, said taking over from electricity distribution companies will improve payment discipline in the industry. “The payment or settlement of all NESI related goods or services shall be made through the Nigerian banking system,” the circular read. “Consequently, all collections for the payments of NESI regulated goods and services provided by a DisCo shall be paid into a designated account such that collections arising from services rendered by the DisCo shall be paid into an account in the sole name of the DisCo; collections arising from services rendered by a third party/parties on be...
Stamp Duty War: NIPOST Tackles FIRS Again
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Stamp Duty War: NIPOST Tackles FIRS Again

The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has said the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) lied about NIPOST’s stamp duty account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). NIPOST’s General Manager Corporate Communications, Franklin Alao, said in a statement on Sunday that the NIPOST’s account with the CBN was duly opened for the purpose of stamp duty and was not illegal. “Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) attention has been drawn to a publication by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) that NIPOST operated an illegal stamp duty account. According to the publication, the Director of Communication and Liaison of FIRS made the statement in a series of tweets. “We hereby state categorically that the statement is false and was made to misinform and mislead members of the public,” Al...
CBN Bans Forex for Maize Importation
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CBN Bans Forex for Maize Importation

Banks have been directed to stop processing Forms M for the importation of maize with immediate effect. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who made the order on Monday July 13, said the decision to ban forex for maize importation was made to increase local production, stimulate a rapid economic recovery, safeguard rural livelihoods. The apex bank further stated that the decision will would increase jobs which have been lost as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The statement partly read; “Authorised dealers are hereby directed to discontinue the processing of Forms M for the importation of maize/corn with immediate effect. “Accordingly, all authorised dealers are hereby requested to submit the list of Forms M already registered for the importation of maize/corn on...
CBN revises timelines for dispense errors, refund complaints
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CBN revises timelines for dispense errors, refund complaints

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revised timelines for reversals and/or resolution of refund complaints on electronic channels. The revised timelines will take effect from June 8 as follows: According to the CBN, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, the bank stated that with regards to failed. “On-Us” ATM transactions (when customers use their cards on their bank’s ATMs) shall be instantly reversed from the current timeline of three (3) days. Also “where instant reversal fails due to any technical issue or system glitch, the timeline for manual reversal shall not exceed 24 hours,” the CBN said. The CBN has ruled: “refunds for failed “Not-on-Us” ATM transactions (where customers use their cards on other banks’ ATMs) shall not exceed 48 hours from the current 3-5 days.”...
CBN, NNPC to Take Care of Accommodation and Feeding of Returnees – FG
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CBN, NNPC to Take Care of Accommodation and Feeding of Returnees – FG

The Minister of foreign affairs Geoffrey Onyeama on Monday May 18, announced that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will take care of the hotel accommodation and feeding bills of Nigerians who were recently evacuated from countries they were stranded in. It was reported earlier that the evacuees were directed by the federal government to pay N297,000 for their 14-day mandatory isolation. However following the criticism the directive sparked off, Onyeama said he approached the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Group Managing Director of NNPC who both agreed to pick the bill. He further revealed that the initial decision was taken due to paucity of funds even though they were not happy with it. Onyeama said; &nbs...
Go Back To Your Labs, Develop Nigerian Vaccine, We Will Fund It, CBN Tells
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Go Back To Your Labs, Develop Nigerian Vaccine, We Will Fund It, CBN Tells

The Central Bank of Nigeria has called on Nigerians to head to the laboratories in order to research a vaccine for the novel coronavirus with a promise to assist with funding. CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele disclosed this at the unveiling of the THISDAY Dome Testing, Tracing & Treatment Centre in Abuja, on Tuesday stating that the CBN was developing a framework that would provide grants and long term facilities for researchers to develop the Nigerian Vaccine. Emiefiele said, “Our objective is to improve the capacity of our health system to address emerging public health challenges.” “Needless to state that if we are to wait for foreign countries to develop their own vaccines, we will be the last in the queue to receive curative remedies for our teeming population”. H...
We Have Enough FOREX, CBN Tells Investors
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We Have Enough FOREX, CBN Tells Investors

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has told investors not to panic, saying the CBN has enough foreign exchange to meet repatriation. He also assured them of the security of their investments in the country despite dwindling revenue from the sale of crude oil globally. A statement on Sunday from the CBN quoted Emefiele as saying that “investors interested in repatriating their funds from the country were guaranteed to get their money, notwithstanding the drop in the revenue from crude oil.” He said the CBN had put in place policies to ensure an orderly exit for those that might be interested in doing so. He, however, urged investors to be patient as such repatriations were processed owing to the CBN’s policy of orderly exit of investments. Recalling a si...
PDP Not Happy Because They Won’t Share Abacha’s Loot As Usual – Issa-Onilu
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PDP Not Happy Because They Won’t Share Abacha’s Loot As Usual – Issa-Onilu

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party’s is sad that $311 million Abacha loot wasn’t returned when they were in power. According to APC, PDP is unable to stamp out corruption from its DNA, adding that until the party has the courage to burn its corruption handbook to ashes, it would be difficult for it not to hallucinate over public funds. Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement on Wednesday, He noted that PDP personifies corruption in deeds and preferred sharing public funds amongst the ruling class. “For the avoidance of doubt, the Federal Government on Monday confirmed the receipt of some $311million, stolen from Nigeria during the military regime of Gen. Sani Abacha and repatriated from the ...
IMF Credits CBN’s Account With $3.4bn Emergency Loan
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IMF Credits CBN’s Account With $3.4bn Emergency Loan

Nigeria has received the $3.4 billion emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). IMF Managing Director, Ms Kristalina Georgieva, confirmed to CNBC Africa in an interview that the $3.4 billion loan had been credited to the account of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The funds had been approved under the Rapid Financing Instrument by the Executive Board of the IMF on April 28, ‎to address challenges arising from the economic impact of the COVID -19 pandemic the country. Ms Georgieva also called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to be transparent and account for every single kobo of the fund. ‎The federal government had assured that it will publicise all disbursements from the funds, adding that there are plans to conduct an independent audit of all emerge...
COVID-19: Withdraw Old Naira Notes From Circulation, Group Tells CBN
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COVID-19: Withdraw Old Naira Notes From Circulation, Group Tells CBN

The Association of Progressive Nigerians has appealed to the Central Bank to withdraw old and tattered naira notes from circulation as the country is battling COVID- 19 pandemic. The group made the appeal in a statement it issued in Lagos on Saturday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the statement was jointly signed by Alhaji Mohammed Bello, the group’s president and Mr Oluwole Aina, its general secretary. The group said the appeal became necessary as the continued recirculation of old, tattered naira notes, which had passed several hands, might lead to further spread of the pandemic. “We hereby appeal to the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, to please withdraw these old and tattered naira notes from circulation as continued recycling of such notes may endanger publi...
IMF Lists Unpopular Policies CBN Must Reverse
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IMF Lists Unpopular Policies CBN Must Reverse

The IMF wants the CBN to end some of its harshest policies including lifting the forex ban on 41 items. The International Monetary Fund, IMF on Tuesday approved a sum of $3.4 billion via a Rapid Financial Instrument to Nigeria. The loans come at a period when countries across the world are battling with the Covid-19 pandemic and the crash in crude oil prices. While the loans do not necessarily come with strings, the IMF did reveal in its press release acknowledging that Nigeria was on the path to unifying its exchange rata and moving towards a flexible exchange rate regime. As Nigerians get acquainted with the terms of the deal, the IMF released more reports shedding more light into what the country might expect to happen in the coming weeks and month should they have their way. O...
CBN Resumes Dollar Sales for SMEs, School Fees
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CBN Resumes Dollar Sales for SMEs, School Fees

In view of the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown both globally and in Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has resumed provision of foreign exchange to all commercial banks for onward sales to parents wishing to pay schools fees and SMEs wishing to make essential imports needed to revamp economic activities across the country. In a statement released this afternoon, the apex bank said it is resuming the provision of over US$100 million per week for both categories and has also made complete arrangements to resume foreign exchange sales to the BDC segment of the market for business travels, personal travels, and other designated retail uses, as soon as international flights resume. The bank says there is no need for panic by any end-user that could necessitate ...
CBN’s N50bn COVID-19 Fund Disbursement Begins Thursday
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CBN’s N50bn COVID-19 Fund Disbursement Begins Thursday

Barring any last-minute change in plans, the disbursement of the first tranche of the Central Bank of Nigeria N50bn targeted credit facility would begin on Thursday. The fund, which is being managed by the NIRSAL Microfinance Bank, has received over 80,000 applications. The Managing Director, NIRSAL Microfinance Bank, Mr Abubakar Kure, confirmed the development in a telephone interview with our correspondent. Kure, who did not provide the amount to be disbursed in the first tranche, said that those whose applications were successful would start receiving their fund on Thursday. He said, “But we are hopeful that towards Thursday or Friday, the disbursement of the fund would commence.” The CBN had introduced the N50bn Targeted Credit Facility as a stimulus package to suppo...
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Abia farmers get improved maize seeds, chemicals, inputs

The Abia State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) has procured improved varieties of maize seeds, chemicals and other inputs to make the programme successful in the state. At the flag-off of the ADP 2020 Anchor Borrowers Planting cropping season, the Programme Manager of the ADP, Chief Israel Amanze, said with the new variety, the state would now have fresh maize within 60-70 days of planting. The initiative is in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Maize Association of Nigeria (MAN).He said 4,000 maize farmers were registered in the state CBN- MAN Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), adding that Extension Agents had been deployed all over the state to give technical assistance to the farmers. Also the ADP Director of Technical Service, Mrs. Nnenna Uche...
No fee charged on COVID-19 loan application — CBN
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No fee charged on COVID-19 loan application — CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says the bank does not charge any fee on COVID-19 loan application as claimed in false reports circulated on social media. The CBN’s Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr Isaac Okorafor said this in a statement in Abuja on Monday. Okorafor explained that procedures for accessing the N50 billion Targeted Credit Facility (TCF) stimulus package for households and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises affected by the pandemic were clearly spelt out. “The attention of CBN has again been drawn to false reports on the social media circles, that loan seeker and owners of small scale businesses who apply for loans provided to cushion the effects of COVID-19 are required to pay a certain amount as application processing fees. “Members of the pu...
Public Announcement From The Central Bank Of Nigeria To All Bank Customers And Stakeholders
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Public Announcement From The Central Bank Of Nigeria To All Bank Customers And Stakeholders

Following the closing down of exercises in the nation because of the spread of Corona-infection the Central Bank of Nigeria has given a notification to the overall population of her arrangement to stay in well-trained as the infection last. The CBN made the declaration on her Facebook and Twitter accounts which read consequently: Following the present effect of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) on the worldwide economy combined with endeavors by the Nigerian Government, remembering incomplete lockdown for certain States and at the Federal level, to check the spread of the infection in Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) wishes to advise partners and individuals regarding the Nigerian open that the Bank will stay just getting started during this period. As a mindful open found...
Naira Depreciates To ₦410 Per Dollar As Local Currency Weakens
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Naira Depreciates To ₦410 Per Dollar As Local Currency Weakens

Following the uncertainty in the foreign exchange market, the Naira depreciated at the parallel market on Friday evening. Nigeria’s currency depreciated to N410 per one dollar at the parallel market, popularly known as the black market on Friday evening according to Aboki Fx. This development followed the suspension of sales of foreign exchange by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the Bureau De Change operators (BDCs). With the current rate of N410, the naira has depreciated by N20 from N390 per dollar traded on Wednesday. Recall that earlier this afternoon, Nairametrics had reported that the dollar sold for N395 in the parallel market. The dramatic change in price attests to the volatility in the market. The raging coronavirus and the crash in oil prices are having a huge e...
BREAKING: Again, CBN retains benchmark lending rate at 13.5%
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BREAKING: Again, CBN retains benchmark lending rate at 13.5%

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday retained the Monetary Policy Rate at 13.5 per cent. The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, announced the decision of the Committee at the end of its two-day meeting held at the apex bank’s headquarters in Abuja. He said all members of the committee agreed to retain the current monetary policy stance. Disclosing the outcome of the meeting, the apex bank boss said the committee held the Cash Reserves Ratio at 27.5 per cent, while the Liquidity Ratio was left unchanged at 30 per cent. Emefiele said the Committee also left the Asymmetric Window at +200 and -500 basis points around the MPR. Source : Punchng.com