By Chioma Iruke
Nigeria’s apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed all commercial banks to publish on their websites, the names and Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) of customers who engage in fraudulent practices to obtain Foreign Exchange (Forex) from banks.
In a circular issued by CBN on Tuesday, the bank outlined the fraudulent practices to include the use of fake visas and cancellation of air tickets after purchase of Personal Travel Allowance and Business Travel Allowance
According to the CBN, the new directive was given to curb the unwholesome conduct of some unscrupulous customers who are trying to circumvent its new forex policy.
The circular which was addressed to all banks and signed by the bank’s Director, Banking Supervision Department, Haruna Mustafa read in full;
“The CBN has received and noted with concern reports of sharp practices by some unscrupulous customers to circumvent the new CBN policy on the sale of forex for overseas personal and business travel.
“Some of these unwholesome practices include the use of fake visas and cancellation of air tickets after purchase of PTA/BTA. This trend, if not curbed, portends risk to the integrity and stability of the forex market.
“Consequently, further to the various measures already put in place, all banks are hereby directed to publish on their websites the names and BVN of defaulting customers who present fake travel documents or cancel their tickets and fail to return the purchased PTA/BTA within two (weeks) as stipulated in the customer declaration form signed by them.”