The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has banned commercial financial institutions from providing services to cryptocurrency exchanges and digital asset companies. The directive came into force after publication.
The regulator ordered banks to close such accounts. Violators face penalties.
According to Google Trends, Nigeria has the second highest interest in Bitcoin in the world.
In 2017, CBN acknowledged that it was impossible to regulate or stop the distribution of the first cryptocurrency.
In October 2020, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey urged users to donate bitcoins to victims of law enforcement arbitrariness.
Previously, the Nigeria Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recognized digital assets as securities “unless proven otherwise.”
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We will remind, in November 2020, the Ministry of Finance of the country announced the beginning of joint work with the SEC on legal standards for cryptocurrencies.
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