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Cash Withdrawals Now N100,000 Weekly From January, 2023 – CBN

Central Bank Of Nigeria has imposed fresh cash withdrawal limits on individuals and organisations, with effect from January 9, 2023.

A memo issued by the Bank on Tuesday and signed by the Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna .B. Mustafa says, individuals will only be able to withdraw N100,000 per week over the counter, Point of Sale Machines or the Automated Teller Machines, while organisations can only access N500,000 per week.

According to the memo, Banks have also been directed to load only N200 and lower denominations into their ATM.

“Further to the launch of the redesigned naira notes by President  Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, and in line with the cashless policy of the CBN, all deposit money banks and other financial institutions are hereby directed to note and comply with the following:

“That the maximum cash withdrawal over the counter by individuals and corporate organisations per week shall henceforth be N100,000 and N500,000 respectively. Withdrawals above these limits shall attract processing fees of 5% and 10%, respectively.

“That third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for payment over the counter, while extant limits of N10,000,000 on clearing cheques still subsist.

“The maximum cash withdrawal per week via Automated Teller Machine shall be N100,000 subject to a maximum of N20,000 cash withdrawal per day.

“That only denominations of N200 and below shall be loaded into the ATMs.

“The maximum cash withdrawal via the point of sale terminal shall be N20,000 daily,” the memo read.

The CBN said in compelling circumstances, not exceeding once a month, where cash withdrawals above the prescribed limits would be required for legitimate purposes, such cash withdrawals shall not exceed N5,000,000.00 and N10,000,000.00 for individuals and corporate organisations, respectively, and shall be subject to the referenced processing fees in (1) above, in addition to enhanced due diligence and further information requirements.

It also said, banks were required to obtain the following information at the minimum and upload same on the CBN portal created for the purpose:

“Valid means of identification of the payee (National Identity Card, International Passport, Drivers License.); Bank Verification Number of the payee; Notarised customer declaration of the purpose of the cash withdrawal; Senior management approval for the withdrawal by the Managing Director of the drawee, where applicable;  Approval in writing by the MD/CEO of the bank authorising the withdrawal.

The memo also gave the following instructions; that monthly returns on cash withdrawal transactions above the specified limits should be rendered to the Banking Supervision Department; that Compliance with extant AMUCFT regulations relating to the KYC, ongoing customer due diligence and suspicious transaction reporting etc., is required in all circumstances; that customers should be encouraged to use alternative channels (internet banking, mobile banking apps, USSD, cards/POS. eNaira, etc.) to conduct their banking transactions.

“It finally noted that, aiding and abetting the circumvention of this policy will attract severe sanctions.

“That the above regulatory directives take effect nationwide from January 9, 2023. Please be guided accordingly,” the memo added.

 

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