Read about the latest updates from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on June 19, 2023.
Learn about the devaluation of the naira, changes in account rules, and investigations into the former CBN governor.
On the 19th of June, 2023, a wave of critical news emerged from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), causing a stir across the nation.
Reports about a scarcity of naira, changes in the CBN leadership, and a sudden naira devaluation raised eyebrows.
This article aims to shed light on these developments, making sense of the current state of the Nigerian currency and its possible impact on the economy.
Change in Domiciliary Account Rules
The CBN has taken steps to promote clarity and liquidity in the foreign exchange (FX) market.
By removing restrictions previously placed on domiciliary accounts, the bank now allows unrestricted access to funds and permits daily withdrawals up to $10,000.
Under the new policy, everyday account holders can deposit and withdraw funds freely, provided banks conduct necessary Know Your Customer (KYC) checks and comply with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.
The adjustment in rules follows a Bankers’ Committee meeting, which resulted in a decision to enhance transparency, liquidity, and price discovery in the FX market. The idea is to discourage speculation and ensure smooth processing of all visible and invisible transactions.
Investigation into Former CBN Governor
In a surprising move, Department of State Services (DSS) agents retrieved 18 bags of currency and documents from the Lagos residence of the suspended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele.
The extensive search of Emefiele’s property lasted for a day before the items were confiscated.
Emefiele is currently under DSS custody, and further investigations into his activities during his tenure are underway.
Meanwhile, DSS officials are on the lookout for Emefiele’s personal assistant, believed to possess crucial information about the ex-governor’s assets and wealth.
CBN’s Naira Devaluation Move
CBN has officially devalued the naira by adjusting the exchange rate on its website.
This change, effective from June 14, 2023, reflects the bank’s response to economic realities and its endeavor to align the value of the naira with the global currency market.
As a part of this new measure, the previous rate of N463 per dollar has been replaced with N632.77 per dollar for transactions through the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window.
The decision to devalue the naira is an attempt to enhance the efficiency of the foreign exchange market and stimulate foreign investments for the growth of Nigeria’s economy.
Accusations Against Godwin Emefiele
Fresh allegations have surfaced against the suspended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele.
Reports suggest that Emefiele and other high-ranking officials will face questioning on several fronts.
|Allegations Against Emefiele
|Financing of IPOB
|Alleged financial support to the Indigenous People of Biafra
|Controversial Sale of Polaris Bank
|Accusations related to the sale of the bank
|Misuse of Fadama Scheme
|Claims of misuse of loans to farmers under the scheme
|Reports of fraudulent activities in the forex market
As per security sources, Emefiele is expected to face charges in court next week.
Uncertainty in the Black Market
With CBN’s recent directive to banks allowing free trade of dollars, uncertainty looms over the unofficial naira black market.
The I&E window exchange rate has surged to N610 per dollar, causing ripples across the market.
The directive aims at increasing the inflow of foreign exchange into the economy, potentially leading to a rise in the inflation rate.
Even though the CBN’s move is unlikely to eliminate the black market, it might induce significant changes.
As Babajide Komolafe, Vanguard Economy Editor, suggests, the directive could enhance public confidence in banking transactions. Nevertheless, he emphasizes that similar measures in the past have not eradicated the black market entirely.
The repercussions of this policy change are still uncertain, keeping black market operators in suspense.
It remains to be seen how this wave of developments will ultimately shape the Nigerian economy. Stay tuned for more updates as the situation continues to unfold.