CBN warns banks over Russia, Iran, Cameroon transactions

Marcus Amudipe
Marcus Amudipe


By Wilson Adekumola



The Central Bank of Nigeria has admonished Deposit Money Banks and Other Financial Institutions in the country to be cautious of their transactions with businesses and persons in the Russian Federation, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran and Cameroun.

This was contained in a circular referenced, FPR/AML/PUB/BOF/001/029, which was issued Thursday by the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation, Mr. Chibuzo Efobi.

In the circular, Nigerian banks and other financial institutions are advised to be mindful of transactions with those countries because they had been placed under the high-risk jurisdictions list by the Financial Action Task Force.

The FATF is known as the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog. It sets international standards that are targeted to forestalled these illegal activities and the harm they cause to society.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Croatia, Vietnam and Myanmar are among the countries also listed.

According to the CBN, the resolution reached was from the decisions taken by members of the FATF at a plenary which was held last month.

The Circular read, “The attention of banks and other Financial Institutions is drawn to the outcomes of Financial Action Task Force Plenary conducted from June 21-23, 3023 and subsequent addition of Cameroon, Croatia and Vietnam to the list of jurisdictions under ‘Increased Monitoring.’

“Furthermore, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran and Myanmar remain on the list of high-risk jurisdictions, subject to ‘Call for Action.’

“Consequently, enhanced due diligence should be applied and in severe cases, counter-measures may need to be implemented to safeguard the international financial system.

“Additionally, we would like to emphasise that the suspension of the Russian Federation from the FATF remains in effect.

“FIs are to be vigilant to and be alert to possible emerging risks resulting from the circumvention of measures taken to protect the international financial system.

“In light of these developments, FIs are directed to note all additions to jurisdictions under ‘Increased Monitoring,’ as well as, high-risk jurisdictions subject to a ‘Call-for-Action’ and take necessary measures to mitigate these risks effectively.”

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