CBN revokes Heritage Bank’s licence

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

The CBN said the action became necessary due to the bank’s breach of Section 12 (1) of the Banks and Other Financial Act BOFIA, 2020.

The apex bank also said the board and management of the bank have not been able to improve the bank’s financial performance, which it noted to have constituted a threat to financial stability.

CBN’s spokesperson, Hakama Ali, in a statement on Monday, said the withdrawal of the bank’s operational licence is in accordance with the apex bank’s mandate to promote sound financial system in Nigeria, and in exercise of its powers under Section 12 of the Banks and Other Financial Act (BOFIA) 2020.

It noted that the CBN had 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,” Ali said.

The CBN further said it took the action to strengthen public confidence in the banking system and ensure that the soundness of the financial system is not impaired. The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has been 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 statement reads.