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BREAKING: CBN to freeze accounts without BVN, NIN beginning April 2024

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said accounts without a bank verification number (BVN) or national identification number (NIN) will be restricted from April 2024.

In a circular released on Friday, December 01, 2023, the apex bank stated that a BVN or NIN verification will be carried out shortly, stating the need for compliance.

“Effective immediately, any unfunded account/wallet shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’ until the new process is satisfied. Effective March 1, 2024, all funded accounts or wallets shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’ and no further transactions permitted,” the circular by the CBN Director of Payments System Management Department Chibuzo Efobi, and the Director of Financial Policy and Regulation Department Haruna Mustapha read in part.

It said all BVN or NIN attached to accounts/wallets must be electronically revalidated by January 31, 2024,

Also, it noted that a BVN or NIN verification will be “conducted shortly”, the move CBN said is part of its efforts to promote financial system stability and strengthening of the Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures in financial institutions.

It further revealed that banks will also carry out a “comprehensive BVN and NIN audit shortly” and where breaches are identified, appropriate sanctions shall be applied.

“The process for account opening shall commence by electronically retrieving BVN or NIN-related information from the NIBSS’ BVN or NIMC’s NIN databases and for same to become the primary information for onboarding of new customers, and all existing customer accounts/wallets for individuals with validated BVN shall be profiled in the NIBSS’ ICAD immediately and within 24hrs of opening accounts/wallets,” the CBN added.

“In cases where a potential customer does not have a BVN or NIN, the CBN advised the regulated financial institution to “commence the process of enrolling the individual onto the BVN database and be guided by the extant protocols issued by NIBSS”.

 

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