CBN Reviews Cash Withdrawal Limit After Criticism

Mary Ugwuanyi

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has reviewed the maximum weekly cash withdrawal limit across all channels by individuals and corporate oganisations to N500,000 and N5 million, respectively.

This is contained in a statement issued by the bank’s Director of banking supervision department, Haruna Mustafa, on Wednesday.

This comes two weeks after the apex bank reduced the weekly over-the-counter cash withdrawal limit for individuals to N100,000 and that of corporate organisations to N500,000.

Recall that the CBN also reduced withdrawals at automated teller machines, ATMs, and point-of-sale terminals to N20,000 per day.

The policy elicited criticism from Nigerians from different walks of life. While some believe it portends negative impact on small businesses, others praise it as a commendable policy to boost cashless policy and reduce the amount of cash outside the banking system.

The circular cited feedback received from stakeholders as the reason for the review.

It read, “The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) hereby makes the following reviews: (1) the maximum weekly limit for cash withdrawal across all channels by individuals and corporate organisations shall be N500,000.00 and N5,000,000.00 respectively.

“2. In compelling circumstances where cash withdrawal above the limits in (1) is required for legitimate purposes, such requests shall be subject to a
processing fee of 3 percent and 5 percent for individuals and corporate organisations, respectively.

“Further to (2) above, the financial institution shall obtain the following information from the customer, at the minimum, and upload same on the CBN portal created for the purpose: valid means of identification of the payee (national ID, international passport, or driver’s license), bank verification number (BVN) of the payee, tax identification number (TIN) of both the payee and the payer, and an approval in writing by the MD/CEO of the financial institution authorising the withdrawal.

“Third party cheques above N100,000 shall not be eligible for payment over-the-counter, while the extant limit of N10 million on clearing cheques still subsists.”

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The CBN said monthly returns on cash withdrawal transactions above the specified limits should be rendered to the banking supervision department, other financial institutions supervision and payments system management departments.

“Compliance with extant AML/CFT regulations relating to KYC, ongoing customer due diligence and suspicious transaction reporting etc. is required in all circumstances,” it added.

“Customers should be encouraged to use alternative channels (internet banking, mobile banking apps, USSD, cards/POS, eNaira, etc.) to conduct their banking transactions.

The apex bank said it recognises the vital role that cash plays in supporting underserved and rural communities and would ensure an inclusive approach as it implements the transition to a more cashless society.

“All banks and OFls are to note that aiding and abetting the circumvention of this policy will attract severe sanctions,” CBN said.

“The above directives supersede that of December 6, 2022, and take effect nationwide from January 9, 2023.”

Source: Cable

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