Following the recent directives from the Central Bank of Nigeria to Banks to close customers’ accounts that deal in cryptocurrency trading, a number of Nigerians in the cryptocurrency industry have alleged their accounts being closed by their respective banks.
The Central Bank stated clearly that commercial Banks were to adhere to the directive with immediate effect in the release; probably the possible cause for closing bank accounts of Customers.
CEO, BitFxt Says Corporate Accounts Were closed by Bank
The Chief Executive Officer of a Nigerian cryptocurrency trading Exchange and BitFxt technologies, Franklin Peters, has stated on his twitter handle (@F_Peterz) that the corporate accounts of the Company were allegedly closed and wiped by their host bank. He also made it clear that the accounts were not only closed but wiped with all the funds in it when a follower asked in a reply to Franklin’s tweet;
He previously made a tweet about Companies keeping their funds in cryptocurrencies as it was not safe with banks according to Franklin;
Tola Says His Account Was Closed by Host Bank
The Founder of CryptoMasterClassNG, Tola Fadugbagbe has taken to his Twitter (@connectwithtola) and Facebook page to address the Central Bank’s release since last week when the Bank made the release public. He went live on his Facebook page severally to teach people which way to bypass naira deposits and continue their trading.
But yesterday, Tuesday 9th February, 2021, he made a tweet via his handle that he got a call from his host bank (Ecobank) that his account will have to be closed till further notice following the directive of the Central Bank of Nigeria as regards accounts associated with cryptocurrencies.
Nigerian cryptocurrency communities have been on the lookout for banks that are on the verge to block accounts so as to move the chunk of naira from their accounts to avoid being affected by the new policy.