Nigerian Central Bank Says Its Ban on Crypto Accounts Is Nothing New

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) released a five-page declaration Sunday clarifying its placement on cryptocurrencies after a regulative caution to regional financial organizations on Friday sent out shockwaves with social networks.

In Sunday’s declaration, the CBN stated Friday’s letter was just a tip that cryptocurrencies were illegal tender in Nigeria, and also was restating a placement the bank has actually held because 2017, not enforcing new limitations on the sector.

“It is important to clarify that the CBN circular of February 5, 2021 did not place any new restrictions on cryptocurrencies, given that all banks in the country had earlier been forbidden, through CBN’s circular dated January 12, 2017, not to use, hold, trade and/or transact in cryptocurrencies,” the declaration stated.

The CBN sent out a letter to regional banks on Friday, purchasing them to close down all checking account related to cryptocurrency trading systems. In reaction to the t, crypto trading system Binance and also regional digital repayment applications like Bundle stopped down payments. Angered Nigerian crypto individuals took to Twitter and also various other social networks systems to share their annoyance.

The press declaration, authorized by Osita Nwanisobi,Ag supervisor of Corporate Communications, goes on to provide various other nations that have actually outlawed its financial institutions from handling cryptocurrencies and also makes the insurance claim that in China, “cryptocurrencies are completely banned and all exchanges closed as well.”

It additionally mentions that cryptocurrencies are released by “unregulated and unlicensed” entities, which crypto properties are unpredictable speculative properties that can be a risk to Nigerian individuals.

“The very name and nature of ‘cryptocurrencies’ suggests that its patrons and users value anonymity, obscurity, and concealment,” the declaration stated.

In the letter, the CBN guaranteed that this position will certainly not hinder the development of the fintech market in the nation, or its repayments environments. The regulation came to be needed, it stated, to shield Nigerians, including its young people from the dangers integral in crypto properties purchases.

“Due to the fact that cryptocurrencies are largely speculative, anonymous and untraceable they are increasingly being used for money laundering, terrorism financing and other criminal activities,” the declaration stated.

The letter additionally mentioned that the high volatility integral in crypto properties postured a wonderful danger to “small retail and unsophisticated investors” that stand to shed a whole lot.

“In light of these realities and analyses, the CBN has no comfort in cryptocurrencies at this time. It will continue to do all within its regulatory powers to educate Nigerians to desist from its use and protect our financial system from activities of fraudsters and speculators,” the declaration stated.

Read CBN’s complete declaration listed below:

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