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Foreign missions violating dollar transaction regulations — EFCC

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC said the foreign missions in Nigeria are violating the dollar transaction regulations.

The Director of Public Affairs of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren stated this in an interview on Channel Television.

According to Uwajaren, some third-party agents working for foreign missions to circumvent transaction regulation by invoicing in dollars.

Recall that the EFCC read the riot act to foreign missions based in Nigeria, banning them from transacting in foreign currencies, and mandating the use of the naira in their financial businesses.

Uwujaren said that naira is the only legal tender in Nigeria, saying the commission had informed Foreign Affairs Ministry on the development.

He said, “Section 20 sub section 1 of the EFCC Act says that naira is the only legal tender in Nigeria; meaning that is the only currency that is acceptable for transactions anywhere across the country.

“We found situations that third-party working for missions circumvent that regulation by invoicing in dollars. A number of them go to the extreme of determining the exchange value of naira in their transactions.

“This is worrisome to us. So we have to bring this to the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The government has the responsibility to rule the protocol and channel of communication to bring this observation to the attention of the foreign mission to advise them to ensure that their activities do not go against our laws.”

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