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CBN plans tough sanctions for banks

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Olayemi Cardoso, has vowed to pursue an aggressive regulatory environment to reduce infractions in the country’s banking system.

He said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the Monetary Policy Committee meeting of the apex bank, the first since he assumed office in September 2023.

He also stated that an in-depth investigation was underway to determine the necessary actions against banks involved in infractions, stressing that the bank was in the process of formulating “stringent regulations” to cleanse and purify the country’s foreign exchange market.

The governor, responding to questions on steps taken to promote trading on the foreign exchange market, also revealed that its foreign reserves increased to $34bn as of February 20, up by $2bn from the $32.23bn recorded at the end of January.

The naira has depreciated to an all-time low since the new administration floated the currency and unified the exchange rate windows.

The Nigerian currency weakened from over N700/$1 in May 2023 to over N1,500/$1 on Tuesday.

However, Cardoso said that the apex bank was moving to a “very aggressive regulatory environment”, adding that the CBN would do all within its powers to curb arbitrage aided by banks and BDCs.

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