The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it will impose N10,000 ($28) fine per item for every failed NIP transaction caused by any financial institution operating in the country.
It said the implementation of the sanction, which would be effective from October 2, 2018, would be monitored using complaints from senders and/or beneficiaries.
The CBN said the sanction would be placed on any Instant (Inter-Bank) Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) service provider that fail to reverse such payment within 24 hours.
Instant (Inter-Bank) service provider are any financial institution licensed by CBN to carry on the business of facilitating electronic funds transfer services in partnership with sending and receiving entities.
The CBN, in its Regulation on Instant (Inter-Bank) EFT Services in Nigeria released during the weekend, said the policy was in furtherance to its mandate for the development of electronic payments system in the country.
Also the financial regulator also said delayed application of inward NIP into beneficiary’s accounts beyond four (4) minutes would also attract another N10,000 ($28) fine per item.
The apex bank however advised any stakeholder to the instant EFT service willing to propose an amendment to the regulation to formally forward such proposal to the office of its Director, Baking and Payments System Department for consideration.
Instant (Inter-Bank) EFT also known has instant EFT or instant payment means a system between two distinct entities when delivery from the sending entity to the receiving entity takes place within one (1) minute.