Why we revoked licence of Heritage Bank- CBN


Heritage Bank

By Kadiri Abdulrahman

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it has revoked the licence of Heritage Bank Plc with immediate effect following the failure of the Management of the company to improve its financial performance.

Hakama Sidi-Ali, the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

According to Sidi-Ali, the action of the CBN was in accordance with its mandate to promote a sound financial system in Nigeria and in exercise of its powers under Section 12 of the Banks and Other Financial Act.

She added that the action was also necessary due to the bank’s breach of Section 12 (1) of BOFIA.

“The Board and Management of the bank have not been able to improve the bank’s financial performance, a situation which constitutes a threat to financial stability.

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“This follows a period during which the CBN engaged with the bank and prescribed various supervisory steps intended to stem the decline.

“Regrettably, the bank has continued to suffer and has no reasonable prospects of recovery, thereby, making the revocation of the licence the next necessary step,’’ she said.

According to her, the CBN took the action to strengthen public confidence in the banking system and ensure that the soundness of the financial system is not impaired.

“The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) is hereby appointed as the Liquidator of the bank in accordance with Section 12 (2) of BOFIA, 2020.

“We wish to assure the public that the Nigerian financial system remains on a solid footing.

“The action we are taking today reflects our continued commitment to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and soundness of our financial system,’’ she said.

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