The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned commercial banks and other financial institutions to desist from dealing in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as they are illegal. Mr Bello Hassan, Director of Banking Supervision and Mr Musa Jimoh, Director of Payments System Management made this statement on Friday.
The apex bank said the warning was in furtherance of a 2017 circular which cautioned Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs) Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) and the public about inherent risks in such transactions.
“Further to earlier regulatory directives on the subject, CBN hereby wishes to remind regulatory institutions that dealing in crypto currencies or facilitating payment of crypto currency exchange is prohibited.
“Accordingly, all DMBs, NBFIs and OFIs are directed to identify persons transacting in, or operating crypto currency exchange within their systems and ensure that such accounts are closed immediately.
“Please note that breaches of this directive will attract severe regulatory sanctions. This letter is with immediate effect,” the CBN said.
Some popular cryptocurrencies:
- Ethereum (ETH)
- Litecoin (LTC)
- Cardano (ADA)
- Polkadot (DOT)
- Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
- Stellar (XLM)
- Binance Coin (BNB)