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CBN orders banks to expose customers flouting forex policy

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed commercial banks to name customers taking Forex but failed to use it for their stated purposes.

The Apex bank issued the directive in its circular released on Tuesday.

“The CBN has received and noted with concern reports of sharp practices by some unscrupulous customers to circumvent the new CBN policy on the sale of forex for overseas personal and business travel.

“Some of these unwholesome practices include the use of fake visas and cancellation of air tickets after purchase of PTA/BTA. This trend, if not curbed, portends risk to the integrity and stability of the forex market.

“Consequently, further to the various measures already put in place, all banks are hereby directed to publish on their websites the names and BVN of defaulting customers who present fake travel documents or cancel their tickets and fail to return the purchased PTA/BTA within two (weeks) as stipulated in the customer declaration form signed by them,” the CBN said in the circular.

 

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