THE Central Bank of Nigeria – CBN, has asked four commercial banks in the country to refund various amounts totaling N5.87 billion.
Similarly, the CBN requested that giant telecom firm, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited refunds about $8.13 billion (N2.5trillion) being funds ‘’illegally’’ repatriated out of Nigeria.
The banks to refund N5.87 billion include, Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic-IBTC, Citibank and Diamond Bank.
All four banks, according to the CBN, committed “flagrant violation of extant laws and regulations of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, including the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1995 and the Foreign Exchange Manual, 2006.”
The Apex bank sanctioned the commercial banks following investigations in March 2018, which confirmed allegations of remittance of foreign exchange with irregular Certificates of Capital Importation – CCIs, issued on behalf of some offshore investors of MTN Nigeria.