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Polaris Bank Not Sold – NDIC MD

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The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has stated that Polaris Bank remains unsold, days after a report that Auwal Lawan Abdullahi, an investor in farm business, is planning to acquire the lender.

Abdullahi, a son-in-law of former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, was reportedly planning to acquire Polaris Bank at a price of N40 billion, which is below the N1.2 trillion that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) invested in Polaris Bank.

However, while reacting to the safety of Nigerian banks, Bello Hassan, Managing Director, NDIC, said Polaris Bank has not been sold, and banks in the country are sound, NAN reported on Wednesday.

He further stated that, “All banks that are operating within the country are sound in as much as their licences have not been revoked. If there is a problem, the regulator that issues the licence will be the one to revoke the licence.

“In as much as the licence is not revoked, you’re free to continue to bank with the institution; it means it is safe.”

Hassan also said, “The Central Bank also does stress testing, and so do we in NDIC. In fact we do it on a monthly basis to ascertain the financial soundness of the banks and we see no red line.

“When we talk of key financial soundness indicators, we are talking about the capital adequacy and liquidity and the quality of the assets.

“Those two solid financial soundness indicators that you use to gauge the safety and soundness of these institutions are robust. So, based on that, the banks are safe and sound; continue to bank with them.”


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NDIC Harps on Collaboration to Check Insider Abuses, Financial Malpractices

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The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, urged for more collaboration with enforcement agencies to tackle the menace of insider abuses and malpractices in financial institutions.

Bello Hassan, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NDIC, made this call while speaking at the capacity building workshop for law enforcement agencies in Lagos.

Speaking on the theme of the workshop, “Effective Collaboration as a strategy in the fight against insider abuses and financial malpractices in Banks and Other Financial Institutions in Nigeria,”

Hassan said that the menace of insider abuses and financial malpractices is   a major cause of bank failure, which if not tackled is   capable of eroding public confidence in our banking system.

Stating that the aim of the workshop is to build on current collaborative efforts in the fight against insider abuse and financial malpractices, the NDIC boss said: “In line with similar initiatives by the Corporation, this workshop aims to complement the efforts of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Implementation of Failed Banks Act, and I want to believe that all the Agencies involved as members of the Task Force are being represented at this workshop.

The Corporation, whilst bearing in mind the positive impact of such collaboration will continue to strive at enhancing the synergy between all of us in the area of law enforcement relating to investigation and prosecution of financial malpractices.

“Please permit me to use this forum to appeal to the members of the Task Force not to relent on your oars but to execute the given mandate diligently thereby achieving the objectives of establishing the Task Force.

“Through our collaborative efforts, I am aware that fourteen (14) prosecution cases are on-going at various courts, eighteen (18) on-going investigation with FMIU, eight (8) with EFCC and nine (9) concluded investigations with Federal Ministry of Justice for advice and prosecution. This is an indication that we are on the right course.”

Consequently, Hassan urged the gathering of law enforcement agencies not relent on their efforts adding that the NDIC is aware of the challenges of investigating and prosecuting financial malpractices and bank fraud cases and will give its unflinching support at all times.


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NDIC, EFCC Begin Investigation of Directors, Staff of Heritage Bank

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Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has said it will, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies, commence investigation of directors, managers and staff of the defunct Heritage Bank following its liquidation over a month ago.

NDIC, EFCC Begin Investigation of Directors, Staff of Heritage Bank

Mr Bello Hassan, managing director of NDIC, stated this at the 2024 capacity building workshop for law enforcement agencies on ‘Inter-Agency Collaboration in the Fight Against Financial Malpractices in Banks and Other Financial Institutions in Nigeria’ in Lagos yesterday.

Stating that, those behind the collar of the bank will be brought to book, Hassan, who was represented by Mr Bello Hassan, NDIC’s director, Corporate Communications,  noted that, through its collaboration with law enforcement agencies, 14 prosecution cases are ongoing at various courts, 18 ongoing investigation with FMIU, 8 with EFCC and 9:concluded investigations with Federal Ministry of Justice for advice and prosecution.

“The Central Bank of Nigeria recently revoked the banking licence of Heritage Bank PLC which may require you to be called upon to investigate some of the Directors, Managers and officers of this failed insured Institution with a view to bring to book those found culpable in the collapse of this institution.

“The Corporation as a key participant in the financial safety-net, has over the years taken the fight against insider abuses and financial malpractices in banks very seriously. As you all know, a safe and sound banking environment is an essential ingredient of financial system stability which of course is the bedrock for economic development of every nation.

“We are not unaware of the challenges of investigating and prosecuting financial malpractices and bank fraud cases but wish to urge you not to relent in your efforts and be rest assured of our unflinching support at all times,” he pointed out.

Hassan noted that, the theme of the workshop ‘Effective Collaboration as a strategy in the fight against insider abuses and financial malpractices in Banks and Other Financial Institutions in Nigeria’ was to re-echo its resolve to unite with law enforcement agencies in the “fight occasioned by the menace of insider abuses and financial malpractices which is a major cause of bank failure, and if not tackled is  capable of eroding public confidence in our banking system.

“Consequently, and in line with Article 12 of the Core Principles of Effective Deposit Insurance which provides for every Deposit Insurer to put in place the necessary mechanism of bringing to book parties found culpable in the failure of their bank or financial Institution.

“It is for this reason that the NDIC has been consistent since 2012 in organising this workshop to sharpen the skills of law Enforcement operatives and Officers from Regulatory Agencies that are involved in the investigation and prosecution of bank Directors, Managers and staff of banks involved in malpractices and insider abuses that might have led to the collapse of their banks or financial Institutions.

 

“Change is the only constant thing in life. Most changes in human endeavours come through developments in sciences, technology or innovation. As the banking system is rapidly evolving with new innovations, it is clear that a new phase of financial technology driven economy is currently reshaping the global financial services space.

“With this development, the criminally minded users of the banking system including the notorious ‘’cyber criminals’’ are busy perfecting their misplaced skills and that is why workshops like this are necessary to enable law enforcement officers to understand, accept and adapt to the dynamic operating environment.”

 

 

 

 


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PalmPay Makes Payment Easier with Zero Bank Transfer Fees on All Transactions on the Fintech App

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In its continued drive to financial inclusion across Nigeria, leading fintech company PalmPay, continues to give its users unlimited free transfers to all banks. This feature which was introduced earlier in the year has been allowing users to make transfers to all banks within the country without incurring any bank fees.

Chika Nwosu, PalmPay’s Managing Director, stated: “We are committed to ensuring smooth and easy transactions with our free transfer feature. This shows our dedication to providing accessible and affordable financial services to our over 30 million users and every Nigerian. We believe everyone should have access to affordable financial services.”

PalmPay is dedicated to driving economic empowerment in Nigeria by offering top-tier products such as money transfers, bill payments, credit services, and savings through its app and mobile money agents. Users can send and receive money seamlessly, pay bills effortlessly, shop with ease, and earn discounts and cashback while performing these transactions.

By eliminating transfer fees to all banks on its app, PalmPay has empowered its millions of customers to enjoy endless fund transfers to family and friends, pay their bills seamlessly, and manage their finances more effectively.

PalmPay is a leading Africa-focused fintech platform committed to driving economic empowerment in Africa. Through its secure, user-friendly, and inclusive suite of financial services, PalmPay brings top-tier products into the pockets of everyday Nigerians. With this, we are able to drive financial inclusion.

PalmPay offers money transfers, bill payments, credit services, and savings on its app and via its mobile money agents. Since launching in Nigeria in 2019 under a Mobile Money Operator license, the platform has grown to over 30 million app users as part of its cashless payment ecosystem.


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