Nigeria: Cash Withdrawal Limit - Banks Suspend Transactions Via Naira Credit, Prepaid Cards
In compliance with the Central Bank of Nigeria's (CBN) currency redesign and cash withdrawal policy that limited withdrawals across all channels to N500,000 weekly, banks have suspended further cash disbursement via customers' Naira Credit and prepaid cards.
THISDAY learnt that as a result, the banks have informed customers through text messages that these channels can no longer be used to access cash for the time being.
For instance, Stanbic IBTC in a message to one of its customers stated: "Following the naira redesign policy limiting local cash withdrawals across all channels to N500,000 weekly, please be informed that cash withdrawal on your naira credit and prepaid card will not be available for now."
Following its currency redesign project, the CBN had announced an upward review of its cash withdrawal policy across all payment channels by individuals and corporate organisations.
Under the updated regime, the bank said effective January 9, 2023, individuals and corporate entities can withdraw a maximum of N500,000 and N5 million respectively compared to N100,000 and N500,000 which was previously announced on December 6, 2022.
However, the central bank, in an updated circular dated December 21, 2022, and addressed to all Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and Other Financial Institutions, Microfinance Banks, Mobile Money Operators, and Agents, explained that the upward review was, as a result of the feedback it received from stakeholders.
The correspondence was signed by CBN Director, Banking Supervision Department, Mr. Haruna Mustafa.
The CBN stated that in compelling circumstances where cash withdrawal above the limit is required for legitimate purposes, such request shall be subject to a processing fee of 3 per cent and 5 per cent for individuals and corporate organisations respectively... Read more on All Africa
Source: All Africa