The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has decided to sanction four banks for the role they played in assisting telecommunications giant, MTN, to transfer billions of money in foreign exchange out of the country contrary to laid down rules.
The CBN is expected to take regulatory measures against the four banks and issue a statement on South African telecoms giant, MTN Group Ltd, a central bank spokesman said on Wednesday.
The measures, according to four banking and regulatory sources, will be fines against Citibank, Standard Chartered PLC, Diamond Bank PLC and Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC for their role in MTN’s repatriation of billions of dollars the firm held in Nigeria and sent out of the country.
Nigeria’s central bank will also ask MTN to return money it improperly repatriated, said a person at the firm familiar with the matter and a banking source, speaking on condition of anonymity. (Reporting by Camillus Eboh and Chijioke Ohuocha)