The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, agreed to cooperate, under the inter-agency framework, to strengthen the country’s fight against economic crimes.Officials of the two government agencies, who met at the Head Office of the CBN in Abuja, may, among other things, make good the earlier threat by the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to bar culprits from opening bank accounts in Nigeria, as test case.
“The remarkable success that has been achieved in stimulating domestic production of goods such as rice, cassava and maize, as a result of the restrictions placed by the CBN on access to forex for 41 items, the CBN intends to vigorously ensure that this policy remains in place.”Additional efforts would be made to block any attempts by unscrupulous parties, both individuals and corporates, that intend to find other avenues of accessing forex, in order to import these items into Nigeria.
“The CBN’s Economic intelligence and Banking Supervision Departments will work very hard with the EFCC to expose and sanction any, bank, company or foreign exchange operator that colludes with unscrupulous individuals/companies to undermine the policy on the items,” he said.
In addition, scam alerts are now spread by banks to ensure customers don’t become a victim of this unlawful act by the digital criminals in this new age.
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