Central Bank of Nigeria bans banks from servicing crypto exchanges

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The Central Financial institution of Nigeria has positioned a ban on all regulated monetary establishments from offering companies to crypto exchanges within the nation.

The prohibition was contained in a round issued by the CBN on Friday. In keeping with the central financial institution’s discover, the ruling is an extension of earlier warnings from the financial institution concerning the dangers related to digital currencies.

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As a part of the ban, the CBN has directed all business banks to shut accounts belonging to crypto exchanges in addition to different companies transacting in cryptocurrencies within the nation.

The CBN additionally warned of stiff penalties to any financial institution or monetary establishment that fails to adjust to the directive.

Nigeria’s central financial institution didn’t reply instantly to Cointelegraph’s request for feedback on the difficulty. Nevertheless, in a earlier piece of correspondence, Osita Nwanisobi, appearing director of the CBN’s communications division informed Cointelegraph that business banks had beforehand been warned to not take part within the crypto market.

Whereas cryptos have been standard in Nigeria, digital currencies got here into nationwide consciousness amid the protests towards police brutality in October 2020. On the time, the central financial institution ordered the suspension of financial institution accounts belonging to supporters of the ENDSARS motion prompting a change to Bitcoin (BTC) and crypto donations.

As beforehand reported by Cointelegraph, Bitcoin adoption in Nigeria continues to increase. In keeping with knowledge from Google Tendencies, Nigeria remains to be number one on the planet when it comes to search curiosity for Bitcoin.

The CBN’s ban can be paying homage to the actions taken by its Indian counterpart, the Reserve Financial institution of India, again in 2018. Two years later, India’s Supreme Court docket reversed the order.

Other than the CBN ban, the one different crypto-related regulatory information to come back out of Nigeria was again in September 2020. On the time, the Nigerian Securities and Alternate Fee recognized crypto as securities with plans to formulate a concrete authorized framework for digital property.