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CBN allows banks to pay winnings, salaries for 7 banned betting & gaming companies

The banned betting and gaming companies are now allowed to access their accounts for limited purposes.



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The Central Bank of Nigeria has given some commercial banks instructions to allow betting and gaming companies suspended earlier in the month the approval to honour withdrawals from their accounts to pay for winnings, salaries and other overhead expenses.  

Nairametrics saw a copy of the letter addressed to one of the banks.

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  • Recall on September 5th the central bank instructed banks to post a no debit on account of 38 companies some of which included betting and gaming companies for violating its foreign exchange regulations, freezing their accounts. 
  • In the prior memo instructing the banks to freeze the accounts the CBN did not mention that it was for forex infractions. However, this memo now confirms that’s what the ban was for.
  • However, banks pleaded with the apex banks to allow the betting and gaming companies to meet urgent operational requirements.

READ: Naira gains at NAFEX window as CBN block accounts of some firms for forex abuse

In one of the memos seen by Nairametrics, the CBN wrote; 

On Quote:You will recall at the meeting held by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) with your bank and stakeholders of seven (7) betting and gaming companies on September 11 2020, you pleaded for clemency processing some transactions in violation of the extant foreign exchange regulations. Similarly, the betting and gaming companies intreated the Governor to allow them discharge operational expenses.” 

The CBN therefore approved that cheque payments and transfers be made out of the accounts provided it was towards winnings, salaries and other overhead expenses. 

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On quote: “Consequently, the Management of CBN has magnanimously granted your bank the approval to honour instruments presented by the companies for payment of winnings, salaries and other overhead expenses.” 

Despite the partial lifting on the ban, the CBN still maintained a “Post No Debit restriction on the account and ordered that “no other transactions should be processed for any of the companies during the period of the waiver” effectively restricting the owners of the companies from accessing to pay capital obligations.  

READ: World Bank puts pressure on Nigeria for more forex reforms to aid recovery

A copy of the letter is attached below; 


Download (PDF, 447KB)

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Abiola has spent about 14 years in journalism. His career has covered some top local print media like TELL Magazine, Broad Street Journal, The Point Newspaper.The Bloomberg MEI alumni has interviewed some of the most influential figures of the IMF, G-20 Summit, Pre-G20 Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers, Critical Communication World Conference.The multiple award winner is variously trained in business and markets journalism at Lagos Business School, and Pan-Atlantic University. You may contact him via email - [email protected]

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  1. Isaac

    October 9, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Of what use is the garbage information if they do not inform the public of the affected companies? Useless country.

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