Nigeria: Pervasive banking sector fraud, forgery worries NDIC

*Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, Managing Director, CEO-NDIC.

*Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, Managing Director, CEO-NDIC.

07 November 2015, Abuja — The intractable nature of high cases of fraud and forgeries in the banking system is causing much concern in the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, expressed this concern in a function in Illorin, Kwara State noting that Section 35 and 36 of the NDIC Act, 2006 had mandated all deposit-taking financial institutions to send returns on frauds, forgeries and other financial malpractices to the corporation on monthly basis.

He said, “A total of 10,612 fraud cases in banks were reported in 2014, as against 3,786 cases in 2013, which showed an increase of 183 per cent. The amount involved in 2013 was N21.80bn as against N25.61bn in 2014. The types and nature of frauds and forgeries were largely web-based, ATM card related, fraudulent transfer/withdrawal of deposits, among others.”

Assuring the public, Ibrahim said the corporation in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria had embarked on various public awareness initiatives with a view to drastically reducing the percentage of Nigerians who have no access to any form of financial services from 39 per cent to 20 per cent by 2020.

“The attention of the regulatory/supervisory authorities and operators has been drawn to this onerous task of focusing our attention to massive public awareness; hence, the rationale behind bringing to the fore the issues of e-banking, capacity of micro, small and medium-scale enterprises in the mobile payments system and effective management of associated risks to mobile payment system and effective management of associated risks to this workshop.

“Other areas of interest include relevance of mobile money services and pass-through deposit insurance, investigations and monitoring of e-banking transactions, role of the media in integration of financial inclusion and education,” he pointed out.

Positing he said, “The NDIC, as a leading deposit insurer, has been responding creditably well to emerging developments in the global financial system, particularly the pass-through insurance, financial literacy, consumer protection, financial inclusion, sustainable banking and extension of deposit insurance coverage to depositors of non-interest banking sector.

“The success of the mobile money operators and e-banking cannot also be complete without mentioning the collaboration of all the key players, particularly the CBN, Nigeria Communication Commission, Federal Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Communication Technology, telecommunication companies and the media.

“The NDIC’s role is to protect the interest of the subscribers of MMOs through reimbursement of their claims in the event of failure of banks where their MMOs maintain their pool accounts. It has so far been observed that majority of the general public is still very much in the dark about the advantages of the mobile banking services, mobile payment systems and pass-through deposit insurance, which therefore calls for intensive public awareness in order to ensure the success of the mobile payment system in Nigeria.”
*Isuma Mark – Daily Independent

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