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Court Revises Order On Forfeiture of Bank Accounts Without BVN

A Federal High Court in Abuja has revoked its earlier order for the interim forfeiture of any balance in a bank account without a Bank Verification Number (BVN).

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba on Wednesday said the parties agreed that the order made on October 17 has some consequences against parties, who may still find it difficult to operate their bank accounts even after undertaking the BVN.

Consequently, the judge revoked the order for the forfeiture of the monies in the said accounts without BVN “being accounts with insufficient Know Your Customer (KYC) guidelines contrary to Section 3 of the Money Laundering Act, 2011 and CBN guidelines.”

The judge also revised the order stopping “all outward payments, operations or outward transactions (including any bill of exchange) in respect of the accounts pending the linking of the accounts to a Bank Verification Number.”

The judge adjourned the matter to December 11.

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