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BANKING INDUSTRY: Top 10 landmark developments of 2018

The MTN saga shook the banking industry like a storm. In August 2018 the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, announced sanction of N5.87 billion on four banks namely Standard Chartered Bank Limited, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Diamond Bank Plc  and Citi Bank Nigeria Limited. The banks were accused of authorising remittances of foreign exchange with irregular Certificates of Capital Importation, CCI, issued on behalf of some offshore investors of MTN Nigeria Communications Limited. The CBN, therefore, asked the managements of the banks and MTN Nigeria Communications Limited to immediately refund $8.1 billion illegally repatriated by the company to the coffers of the apex bank.

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Killing the poor & desperate with shylock rates

“Those Micro-finance banks that we have today, are not ‘giving’ loans at single-digit interest rates”; for example, “You borrow N50,000 for 90 days and they expect you to pay another N50,000 interest to them in another 90 days. That is outrageous and that is too exorbitant…” besides, “if you don’t pay the N50,000 interest, they seize your bicycle, or your car or your machine.” (CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele-see story titled ‘Microfinance Banks Charging Outrageous Interest Rates on Loans”, Punch edition of December 10, 2018).

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