Naira collapse: CBN vows to shut down Abokifx website

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it will shut down the operations of Aboki FX, a website offering currency exchange information.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) described the website as an illegal and criminal platform.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, told reporters on Friday that it will also prosecute the owner of the platform, Olusegun Oniwinde.

According to him: “I have given instructions to our experts to go after his website and let it be clear that we will go after him because we can’t allow this to continue.”

He said the CBN doesn’t recognize any forex market window besides the Investors and Exporters window.

On ban of forex sales to Bureau de Change operators, Emefiele said that the bank will not go back on its previous stance.

According to him, these BDC operators sell foreign exchange to criminals who import weapons to harm Nigerians and promote different forms of terrorism.

Emefiele said: “It truly beats my imagination that Nigerians continued with this type of practice (selling dollars to BDC) that tended to promote illegal activities who are involved in graft and corrupt practices.

“We won’t support the corrupt tendencies of those who illegally buy dollars from our forex market, carry them in aircraft, buy arms and ammunition and bring them back into the country and conduct crimes. Whether it is Boko Haram, banditry and other nefarious activities.

“Why will CBN give people our forex to go and buy arms? And that is what people want us to continue to do. We cannot do that. What we are saying is that if you have any legitimate need for forex, take it to the bank and they will sell you FOREX.”

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