Naira: Five New CBN Policy That Affects Nigerians

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Tuesday introduced new policy that directs banks to only load N200 notes and lower denominations into their Automated Teller Machines.

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According to the memo issued to banks on Tuesday and signed by the CBN Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna .B. Mustafa, the Apex bank restricted withdrawals from point of sale terminal to N20,000 on a daily basis.

It also pegged weekly withdrawal from banks (over the counter) at N100,000 and N500,000 weekly for individuals and corporate organisations respectively.

Naija News reports that the directives take effect nationwide from January 9, 2023.

The memo read, “Further to the launch of the redesigned naira notes by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, and in line with the cashless policy of the CBN, all deposit money banks and other financial institutions are hereby directed to note and comply with the following:

“1. The maximum cash withdrawal over the counter by individuals and corporate organisations per week shall henceforth be N100,000 and N500,000 respectively. Withdrawals above these limits shall attract processing fees of 5% and 10%, respectively.

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“2. Third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for payment over the counter, while extant limits of N10,000,000 on clearing cheques still subsist.

3. The maximum cash withdrawal per week via Automated Teller Machine shall be N100,000 subject to a maximum of N20,000 cash withdrawal per day.

“4. Only denominations of N200 and below shall be loaded into the ATMs.

“5. The maximum cash withdrawal via the point of sale terminal shall be N20,000 daily.”

The CBN disclosed that in compelling circumstances, not exceeding once a month, where cash withdrawals above the prescribed limits would be required for legitimate purposes, such cash withdrawals shall not exceed N5,000,000.00 and N10,000,000.00 for individuals and corporate organisations, respectively.

It added that it shall be subject to the referenced processing fees in (1) above, in addition to enhanced due diligence and further information requirements.

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The CBN also said banks were required to obtain the following information at the minimum and upload same on the CBN portal created for the purpose:

a. Valid means of identification of the payee (National Identity Card, International Passport, Drivers License.). b. Bank Verification Number of the payee. c. Notarised customer declaration of the purpose of the cash withdrawal. d. Senior management approval for the withdrawal by the Managing Director of the drawee, where applicable. e. Approval in writing by the MD/CEO of the bank authorising the withdrawal.

“Please further note the following: i. Monthly returns on cash withdrawal transactions above the specified limits should be rendered to the Banking Supervision Department. ii. Compliance with extant AMUCFT regulations relating to the KYC, ongoing customer due diligence and suspicious transaction reporting etc., is required in all circumstances. iii. Customers should be encouraged to use alternative channels (internet banking, mobile banking apps, USSD, cards/POS. eNaira, etc.) to conduct their banking transactions.”

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