This news come as a shock to everyone as the apex bank has warned local financial institutions against having any transactions in crypto or facilitating payments for crypto exchanges.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has notified Deposit Money Banks, Non-Financial Institutions, other financial institutions against doing business in Crypto and other digital assets.
In a circular dated 5th February 2021 and distributed to regulated financial firms, the apex bank of Africa’s largest economy warned and reminded local financial institutions against having any transactions in crypto or facilitating payments for crypto exchanges.
In addition, the apex bank instructed the financial institutions to immediately close the accounts of such persons or entities transacting in or operating cryptocurrency exchanges.
The Apex bank further warned the Nigerian Financial Stakeholders that any breach of this directive will attract serious regulatory sanctions.
It’s worth saying that such a directive would have a negative hold on the international crypto community, taking into consideration Africa’s largest economy and home to over 200 million people, has the highest interest in Bitcoin globally.
According to a recent report released by Google, Nigeria emerged the first amongst other countries around the world in Bitcoin searches on Google.
See the memo warning letter below;