No plan to convert customers’ domiciliary accounts into naira – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria has assured members of the public that it did not issue a directive to convert the foreign exchange in the domiciliary accounts of customers into naira as widely circulated on social media.

In a circular issued on Saturday, the apex bank said that it would never contemplate such a line of action, adding that the speculation was completely false and aimed at triggering panic in the foreign exchange market.

The circular which was signed by the Director of Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi, was titled, ‘CBN categorically denies and strongly condemns peddlers of rumour on domiciliary account holdings’.

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It read, “The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been drawn to a fake circulation, in social media circles, of a circular with a fake CBN logo curiously dated 13 September 2021, and purportedly issued by its Trade and Exchange Department to the effect that all Deposit Money Banks, international Money Transfer Operators and members of the public are to convert domiciliary account holdings into naira.

“We wish to reiterate that the bank has not contemplated, and will never contemplate, any such line of action. The speculation is a completely false narrative aimed at triggering panic in the foreign exchange market.”

The bank had previously assured members of the public that there was no plan whatsoever to convert the foreign exchange in the domiciliary accounts of customers into naira in order to check purported shortage of availability of the United States dollars.

Operators of domiciliary accounts and other members of the banking public are therefore advised to completely disregard these fictitious documents and malicious rumours, and go about their legitimate foreign exchange transactions.

“The public should note that any circular issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is posted on its website (www.cbn.gov.ng) for the attention of the general public,” the circular added.

The bank also warned corporate bodies and members of the public against the unauthorised use of the Bank’s logo for any purpose whatsoever.

It added that the attention of appropriate authorities had been drawn to the publication and the culprits would be sanctioned accordingly.

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