Nigeria’s Central bank sanctions four banks,others for violations

Elizabeth Christopher,Abuja

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has imposed heavy

sanctions totaling N5.87 billion on four banks under its regulatory purview

and asked same to refund the sum of $8,134,312,397.63 for what it

described as ‘flagrant violation of extant laws and regulations of the Federal 

Republic of Nigeria, including the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and 

Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1995 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and 

the Foreign Exchange Manual, 2006’.

The four banks that have come under the sledge hammer of the CBN for the

violations are Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic-IBTC, Citibank, and

Diamond Bank.

Announcing the decision in Abuja on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, CBN’s

Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, said that the actions of

the Bank became necessary following allegations of remittance of foreign

exchange with irregular Certificates of Capital Importation (CCIs) issued on

behalf of some offshore investors of MTN Nigeria Communications Limited

and subsequent investigations carried out by the apex bank in March 2018.

The CBN has therefore asked the Managements of the banks and MTN

Nigeria Communications Limited to immediately refund the sum of

$8,134,312,397.63, illegally repatriated by the company to the coffers of the

Central Bank of Nigeria.

Figures obtained from the CBN on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, indicate

that the highest fine of N2,470,604,767.13 was slammed on Standard

Chartered Bank, while Stanbic IBTC Nigeria was fined the sum of

N1,885,852,847.45. For its punishment, Citibank Nigeria was penalized in

the sum of N1,265,541,562.31, just as Diamond Bank was directed to pay

the sum of N250 million for violating extant rules.

The CBN Spokesman further disclosed that the decision of the Bank followed

thorough investigations by it into the allegations of remittances by the four

banks of forex with irregular certificates of Capital Importation (CCIs) issued.

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