In a move to uphold Nigeria’s financial integrity, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has taken decisive action by revoking the license of Heritage Bank Plc under the powers vested in it by the Banks and Other Financial Act (BOFIA) 2020.

This measure, effective immediately, comes as a response to the bank’s failure to comply with Section 12 (1) of BOFIA, 2020.

Despite efforts from the board and management, Heritage Bank’s financial performance has remained stagnant, posing a threat to the stability of the financial sector.

Despite the CBN’s engagement and various supervisory interventions aimed at rectifying the situation, the bank’s condition has not improved, leaving no viable path to recovery.

The decision to revoke Heritage Bank’s license underscores the CBN’s commitment to preserving public trust in the banking system and ensuring the overall health of Nigeria’s financial sector.

The appointment of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) as the bank’s liquidator, in accordance with BOFIA, 2020, further demonstrates the regulator’s resolve to manage the situation effectively.

It’s imperative to reassure the public that Nigeria’s financial system remains robust and resilient. The CBN’s actions are a testament to its unwavering dedication to safeguarding the stability and integrity of the country’s financial landscape.

Hakama Sidi Ali (Mrs.), Acting Director of Corporate Communications at the CBN, emphasized the importance of these measures in maintaining the soundness of Nigeria’s financial system.

As of June 3, 2024, these steps reflect the ongoing commitment to proactive regulatory oversight and risk management within the banking industry.



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