EFCC Calls Out PoS operators, Banks for Empty ATM Machines

EFCC Calls Out PoS operators, Banks for Empty ATM Machines

  • The EFCC has said that PoS operators and banks are responsible for empty ATMs across the country
  • The commission also accused them of hoarding cash to promote services and control money flow.
  • EFCC vows to crack down on perpetrators and calls on banks' compliance officers to comply with its investigation

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has accused banks of working with point-of-sale (POS) operators to limit cash availability at automated teller machines (ATMs).

Hauwa Garba Ringim, the Acting Zonal Director of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC, ACE, disclosed this while meeting with bank Compliance Officers in Oyo State.

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Empty ATM bank customers
EFCC blames banks, PoS for empty PoS machines Photo credit: Bloomberg/contributor
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According to Ringim, it is illegal for POS operators to possess large amounts of cash from banks at the expense of ATMs.

The EFCC boss stressed further that illegal dealings and trading in naira with the Point-of-sale operators must stop.

His words:

“What we notice and see around lately is that Nigerians can only withdraw a small amount of their money with the banks in Automated Teller Machine but POS operators go around with huge amounts of money gotten from the banks.
"This is not fair to Nigerians and we must fight it head-on."

The anti-corruption agency urged banks to ensure sufficient cash availability at ATMs.

Ringim also warned that an investigation would be launched to identify those masterminding ATM cash scarcity for personal gain.

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CBN gives instructions to PoS operators

Legit.ng earlier reported that the CB) has instructed all Point-of-Sale operators in the country to register their businesses with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in two months.

This was revealed after a meeting between Fintechs and the Registrar-General/Chief Executive Officer, CAC, Hussaini Magaji (SAN) in Abuja on Monday, May 7, 2024.

The CAC boss said the two-month registration timeline, which will expire on July 7, was not targeted at any groups or individuals but was "in line with "egal requirements and the directives of the Central Bank of Nigeria."

Source: Legit.ng

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Dave Ibemere (Senior Business Editor) Dave Ibemere is a senior business editor at Legit.ng. He is a financial journalist with over a decade of experience in print and online media. He also holds a Master's degree from the University of Lagos. He is a member of the African Academy for Open-Source Investigation (AAOSI), the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and other media think tank groups. He previously worked with The Guardian, BusinessDay, and headed the business desk at Ripples Nigeria. Email: dave.ibemere@corp.legit.ng.

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