Friday, January 25, 2019

ATM: CBN Goes Tough On Banks That Dispense Unfit Naira Notes – Places N1M Fine

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has declared that henceforth, any branch of Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in the country that dispenses unfit – either counterfeit or mutilated – naira notes either over the counter (OTC) or through Automated Teller Machines (ATM), will be fined N1 million.

The apex bank said this in a circular to all DMBs on January 21, 2019 titled, ‘Penalty for payment of counterfeit monies from ATMs, Teller Points,’ adding that it goes contrary to its ‘Banknote fitness guidelines and clean note policy documents for the industry.’

The circular, which was issued by the CBN director, Currency Operations Department, Priscilla Eleje read:

“The management of the CBN has observed with concern the incidences of counterfeits paid through some DMBs’ ATMs/Teller points. This situation has continued unabated despite moral suasion to the affected DMBs.

“To address this, among others, the CBN in collaboration with key currency management stakeholders developed ‘Banknote fitness guidelines and clean note policy documents for the industry.”

“In order to sustain public confidence in the national currency and ensure compliance with the provisions of the policy documents, the CBN said it approved the, “Spot checks on DMBs’ ATMs and Teller points to ensure compliance; and imposition of penal fee of N1m per branch of DMBs for non-compliance.”

It added that the enforcement of the sanction would take effect after the launch of the two policy documents at a date which would be communicated to all stakeholders.

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