The fake report claimed CBN shutting down financial transactions from Feb. 23 – 27
You probably have come across a message that is going viral asking people to stock their homes before Saturday as the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN plans to shut down all financial transactions from February 23 to February 27 to forestall vote buying during the elections.
This is a piece of fake news.
The CBN already debunked the message on Wednesday in this tweet.
Also, the Association of Corporate Affairs Managers of Banks, ACAMB, which is the umbrella body of Corporate and Marketing Communications Professionals working in Nigeria’s banking sector, has also debunked the fake message.
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In a statement issued by the ACAMB on Wednesday, and signed by President, ACAMB, Rasheed Bolarinwa, the body described the report as fake news.
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What ACAMB is saying
The statement read in part, “There is no iota of truth in the viral message that is being circulated. Up until this moment, no Deposit Money Banks or other institutions providing financial services have received any directive or communication from the CBN to close the doors of their physical banking halls or shut their digital platforms and online banking channels against their customers because of elections.”
ACAMB assured customers that banks had put adequate measures in place to ensure depositors continue to access money in their accounts during this period.
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It added, “Customers who wish to carry out transfers or use electronic banking services will have unhindered access to these services before, during, and after the elections.”