The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has ordered all banks in the country to publish the names and Bank Verification Number (BVN) of defaulters of its foreign exchange (forex) policy.
Channelstv reported on Tuesday that the defaulters of the policy, according to a memo available to it, were those using fake visas and canceling air tickets after purchase of Personal Travel Allowance (PTA) and Business Travel Allowance (BTA).
The memo, which was signed by the apex bank’s Director, Banking Supervision Department, Haruna Mustafa, explained, “This practice will affect the integrity and stability of the forex market.”
“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,” the statement read in part.
The CBN, therefore, directed all banks to publish on their website, the names, and BVN of defaulters.
“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.”