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JUST IN: CBN revokes Heritage Bank licence

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revoked the licence of Heritage Bank Plc, one of the depositing banks, with immediate effect.

This was contained in a press release signed by Mrs Hakama Sidi Ali, Acting Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, on Monday, 3rd June 2024.

The press release titled ‘CBN REVOKES THE BANKING LICENCE OF HERITAGE BANK PLC’, stated that the bank breached Section 12 (1) of BOFIA 2020.

It added that the board and management of Heritage Bank failed to improve the bank’s financial performance amid several notices from the CBN

“The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in accordance with its mandate to promote a sound financial system in Nigeria and in exercise of its powers under Section 12 of the Banks and Other Financial Act (BOFIA) 2020, hereby revokes the licence of Heritage Bank Plc with immediate effect.

“This action has become necessary due to the bank’s breach of Section 12 (1) of BOFIA, 2020. The Board and Management of the bank have not been able to improve the bank’s financial performance, a situation which constitutes a threat to financial stability. This follows a period during which the CBN engaged with the bank and prescribed various supervisory steps intended to stem the decline. Regrettably, the bank has continued to suffer and has no reasonable prospects of recovery, thereby making the revocation of the license the next necessary step.

“Consequently, the CBN has taken this action to strengthen public confidence in the banking system and ensure that the soundness of our financial system is not impaired.

“The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) is hereby appointed as the Liquidator of the bank in accordance with Section 12 (2) of BOFIA, 2020.

“We wish to assure the public that the Nigerian financial system remains on a solid footing. The action we are taking today reflects our continued commitment to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and soundness of our financial system,” the press release read in full.

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