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FG Issues Fresh Directive to All Bank Account Holders

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FG Issues Fresh Directive to All Bank Account Holders

The Federal Government has issued fresh directive to Bank account holders across the country to undergo a self-certification process.

The latest directive was disclosed on Thursday via the federal government’s Twitter account.

According to the tweets, Account-holders are required to obtain, complete and submit the self-certification forms to their respective financial institutions.

The government noted that, individuals who hold accounts in different financial institutions would have to collect and submit separate forms to each one of the institutions.

Three categories of forms for entities, individuals and controlling person (individuals having a controlling interest in a legal person, trustee, etc) are said to be available.

“The forms are required by the relevant financial institutions to carry out due diligence procedures in line with the Income Tax Regulations 2019,” it said.

“Failure to comply with the requirement to administer or execute this form attracts sanctions which may include monetary penalty or inability to operate the account.”

However, It is not yet clear how the self-certification process differs from the bank verification number (BVN) and national identification number (NIN).

The BVN is a prerequisite to owning a bank account and it is used to link all bank and pension accounts owned by an individual.

The NIN is also another form of identification introduced by the federal government and is a prerequisite for getting an international passport.

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