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Navigating Nigeria's New KYC Rules: CBN Mandates BVN and NIN Linkage

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has recently implemented a pivotal amendment to Section 1.5.3 of the Regulatory Framework for Bank Verification Number (BVN) Operations and Watchlist for the Nigerian Banking Industry. This amendment signifies a significant step towards bolstering Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures, ultimately aiming to fortify the stability and integrity of the Nigerian financial system.

Dojah: Your Trusted Partner in KYC Compliance

In light of these revised guidelines, at Dojah—a platform for onboarding and fraud detection solutions, we are committed to empowering financial institutions and individual customers to navigate this transition seamlessly. We understand the criticality of adhering to these regulations and are well-equipped to assist you every step of the way.

The Mandate: BVN and NIN Linkage for All Tier 1 Accounts and Wallets

Effective immediately, the CBN mandates the linkage of either a Bank Verification Number (BVN) or National Identification Number (NIN) for all Tier 1 accounts and wallets belonging to individuals. This applies not only to new accounts but also to existing ones, highlighting the CBN's unwavering commitment to comprehensive KYC compliance.

Tier 2 & 3 Accounts: Maintaining the Compliance Momentum

For Tier 2 and 3 accounts and wallets, the existing requirement of BVN and NIN linkage for opening new accounts remains unchanged. Existing accounts without this crucial linkage will be subject to restrictions and sanctions as outlined by the CBN.

Key Timelines for Seamless Implementation:

To ensure a smooth implementation, the CBN has established clear timelines:

Unfunded Tier 1 Accounts: Any unfunded Tier 1 account lacking a BVN or NIN linkage will be placed on "Post No Debit or Credit" status until the necessary linkage is completed.

Funded Tier 1 Accounts: As of March 1, 2024, all funded Tier 1 accounts without BVN or NIN linkage will be frozen, effectively prohibiting any transactions.

BVN and NIN Revalidation: All BVNs and NINs associated with existing accounts and wallets must be electronically revalidated by January 31, 2024.

Simplify BVN and NIN Integration with Dojah

Recognizing the potential challenges associated with these deadlines and procedures, Dojah is here to offer a helping hand. Our suite of secure and user-friendly platforms simplifies BVN and NIN management, empowering you to:

Beyond Compliance: Embracing a Secure Financial Future

While adherence to the CBN's regulations is paramount, Dojah recognizes that a proactive approach extends beyond mere compliance. By prioritizing BVN and NIN linkage, we collectively contribute to a more secure and transparent financial ecosystem for all Nigerians. This fosters trust, mitigates risks, and paves the way for a thriving financial landscape.

Partner with Dojah: Your KYC Compliance Champion

Do not wait until the last minute to navigate these crucial changes! Choose Dojah as your trusted partner in KYC compliance. We are readily available to answer your questions, guide you through the process, and ensure you meet all deadlines effortlessly.

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