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General News of Tuesday, 17 January 2023


DSS demands forex compliance documents from Nigerian banks


The Department of State Service has requested that deposit money banks provide their forex compliance documents in light of terrorism financing allegations levelled against the Central Bank of Nigeria’s governor Godwin Emefiele.

In a memo obtained by an online platform; Peoples Gazette on Monday, the secret police directed banks to provide information about their foreign exchange allocation from 2017 to date.

The banks have until Wednesday to provide the information.

The memo said, “A schedule of the I&E forex allocated to the individual banks from 2017 till date.”

The DSS demanded that banks provide the names of customers and beneficiaries of forex, the bank’s allocation criteria and those in charge of authorising such allocations.

It also requested that the banks provide a list of their top 50 customers who received the most forex from the banks’ allocation.

The development came as the DSS continued its probe into allegations that the CBN governor was financing terrorism.

The apex bank boss had earlier considered plans to seek asylum in the United Kingdom over presumed threats to his position and personal safety by the DSS.

The ongoing threats against Emefiele have been the most potent he has faced yet as CBN governor.

He resumed the job in June 2014.