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Sunday, 26 July 2015

UK based Jide Iyaniwura, NIDO, NUJ Europe, others force NIBSS to suspend BVN registration for Nigerians in Diaspora

THE Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) may have suspended the ongoing pilot registration of Nigerians in Diaspora for the Biometric Verification Number (BVN), which deadline was shifted to October by the Central Bank of Nigeria last month.
Although no reason was given for the suspension, sources said it could not be unconnected with the outcry that followed the 30 Pounds Sterling charge imposed by NIBSS, as many considered it as an attempt to extort money from affected persons.
It would be recalled that a campaign against extortion of £30 from customers of Nigerian banks in the United Kingdom was started online on 15th July, 2015 via by one Mr Jide Iyaniwura
" It proves we can effect the change we want in our country if we work together. The process has been suspended for now, we need to keep the pressure on. thanks to all" Iyaniwura stated on Sunday.
Lashley Oladigbolu, Acting President of NUJ Europe joined hands with Jide Iyaniwura the campaigner, Godson Azu of Nigerian in Diaspora Organization (NIDO) and the Chief Executive Officer of BEN Television, Mr Alistair Soyode as well as Mr Temitope Olodo a Counter-Terrorism and Security expert, all based in London and many others around the UK counties have been vigorously urging Nigerians in Diaspora  to sign the online petition against extortion of money from Nigerians in the Diaspora over Bank Verification Number registration exercise. Efforts by Mr Dare Lasisi a UK based blogger and a host of others who took to social media in support for the spread of petition were notable.
CBN Governor of Nigeria, Senate President Nigeria, Speaker of the House of Representative Nigeria, president of NIGERIA: Stop Nigerian Banks charging Diaspora community for Bank Verification Process - Sign the Petition!
Godson Azu of NIDO in one of his messages sent across the facets of social media stated, " #Change4change. Nigerians in the UK stand against financial exploration by some swindlers trying too corn out  £30 Pounds from innocent diasporas for the Bank Verification Number BVN Registration for Nigerian bank account holders which is free in Nigeria. Most diasporans opened their accounts with banks here for free, why then are they too pay a third party money to get their BVN in the UK. It is the responsibility of this concerned banks to provide suitable means through which their diasporans customers get free access to complete their registration process through a certified and secured agent with direct information too their concerned customers via email. At the moment this is not the case and as such we must do everything possible to stop this cheeky exporters from enriching themselves through this loophole.
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THE Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) had hired a London based firm to register and produce BVN for account holders among Nigerians in Diaspora in the bid to maximize the period of extension granted last month by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
he NIBSS intended to use the London registration exercise as a pilot scheme, the success of which would determine its extension to other parts of the world with high concentration of Nigerians.
Authoritative sources said the NIBSS was using OIS facility in London and Leicester for the exercise and intended also to use the facility in other countries, after the pilot exercise.
The Central Bank extended the registration exercise till October, last month, following outcry that many Nigerians would be denied access to their account because of their failure to meet the June 1 deadline.
With the extension, many Nigerians have gone to sleep again thinking there is still time for them to register.
But the banks have started a subtle enforcement of the BVN registration exercise to avoid congestion and work load during the last days to the deadline as they experienced in May.
They now compel customers to go to BVN section to complete their registration before any other banking transaction.
At one of the branches of First Bank in Ikorodu, officials were seen directing customers to the BVN corner for registration before any other banking transaction, last week. In other banks, questions were subtly put to customers to know if they had already registered for BVN.
Some fraudulent Nigerians have taken the advantage of the extension to demonstrate their tendencies to defraud unsuspecting account holders, by sending messages directing them to click on a link to update and register for BVN.
But GT Bank has been sending advisory notes to its numerous customers, asking them not to honour such requests. The bank advised its customers to go physically to the bank where details of their account would be taken together with their fingerprints in order to register for BVN.
‘‘BVN registration can only be carried out physically. So don’t honour any call or text messages that directs you to click on a link to update your BVN. And if you have already registered for your BVN in another Nigerian bank, you can link your BVN details to your GTB account via our Internet banking platform and our corporate website,” the bank said.
The CBN, which soft -pedaled on its June 30 deadline for banks account holders to be BVN compliant, said the exercise will be repeated every 10 years.
By David Ogah, Nigerian Guardian News
Additional story by Lashley Oladigbolu

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