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JUST IN: CBN revokes license of Heritage Bank

By Ikechukwu Onyia

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has revoked the license of Heritage Bank PLC with immediate effect.

This was disclosed in a statement by Mrs Hakama Sidi Ali, the Acting Director of Corporate Communications at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday.

According to the apex bank, the action to revoke their license is in line with its mandate to promote a sound financial system in Nigeria and in accordance with its powers under Section 12 of the Banks and Other Financial Act (BOFIA) 2020.

The CBN said the decision to revoke the licence of Heritage Bank Plc was made due to the bank’s breach of Section 12 (1) of BOFIA, 2020.

Despite the efforts of the bank’s Board and Management, they have been unable to improve the bank’s financial performance, which poses a threat to financial stability.

The statement reads, “The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in accordance with its mandate to promote a sound financial system in Nigeria and in exercise of its powers under Section 12 of the Banks and Other Financial Act (BOFIA) 2020, hereby revokes the licence of Heritage Bank Plc with immediate effect.

“This action has become necessary due to the bank’s breach of Section 12 (1) of BOFIA, 2020. The Board and Management of the bank have not been able to improve the bank’s financial performance, a situation which constitutes a threat to financial stability.

“This follows a period during which the CBN engaged with the bank and prescribed various supervisory steps intended to stem the decline. Regrettably, the bank has continued to suffer and has no reasonable prospects of recovery, thereby making the revocation of the license the next necessary step.

“Consequently, the CBN has taken this action to strengthen public confidence in the banking system and ensure that the soundness of our financial system is not impaired.

“The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) is hereby appointed as the Liquidator of the bank in accordance with Section 12 (2) of BOFIA, 2020.

“We wish to assure the public that the Nigerian financial system remains on a solid footing. The action we are taking today reflects our continued commitment to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and soundness of our financial system.”

 

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