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4 banks to pay N6 b fine for assisting MTN in illegal fund repartriation

Breaking : CBN slams N6 billion fine on 4 banks for assisting MTN in fund repartriation

By Steve Oko
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has imposed a whopping N6 billion fine on four commercial banks for illegal fund transfers.
 
CBN Director of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isaac Okorafor gave the names of the affected banks and their respective fines as : Standard Chartered Plc, which was fined N2.4 billion; Stanbic IBTC Plc (N1.8 billion); Citibank Plc (N1.2 billion); and Diamond Bank Plc (N0.25 billion
 
 According to  CBN, the defaulting banks assisted a telecommunication multinational,  MTN Nigeria in fund repartriation without due process. 
 

The apex bank which also directed MTN  to refund $8 billion to its coffers, accused the affected banks of “flagrant violation of extant laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

 “The CBN has therefore asked the management of the banks and MTN Nigeria Communications Limited to immediately refund the sum of $8.134 billion illegally repatriated by the company to the coffers of the Central Bank of Nigeria”, he said.

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Okorafor said the banks’ actions, were in contrast with the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Foreign Exchange Manual of 2006.

He further explained that the sactions were considered after a thorough investigation of  allegations of remittance of foreign exchange with irregular Certificates of Capital Importation (CCIs) issued on behalf of some offshore investors of MTN.

The investigationd, he said  were conducted by CBN  in March 2018 after a petition was received to that effect.

Okorafor further explained that  the investigations revealed that the sum of $3.448 billion was repatriated by Standard Chartered Bank on the basis of the illegally issued CCIs.

“The sums of $2.632 billion, $1.766 billion and $348.914 million were repatriated by Stanbic, Citibank Nigeria and Diamond Bank Plc, respectively, between 2007 and 2015.”

He also said  CBN investigations revealed that on account of illegal conversion of MTN shareholders’ loan to preference shares (interest free loan) of $399.594 million, the sum of $8.134 billion was illegally repatriated by the company.

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CBN advised all banks and multinational companies in Nigeria to adhere strictly to the provisions of all extant laws and regulations of monetary policies saying it will not hesitate to sanction any defaulters.

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