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HALT IMPLEMENTATION OF 0.5% CYBERCRIME – REPS TELL CBN

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The House of Representatives has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to halt the implementation of the 0.5 percent cybersecurity levy on transactions.

This resolution was a sequel to a motion of urgent public importance moved by the Minority Leader of the House, Kingsley Chinda, on Thursday.

A circular released by the CBN on Monday said the implementation of the levy would begin two weeks from the day of its announcement. The circular was directed to all commercial, merchant, non-interest, and payment service banks.

According to the CBN, the directive is in line with the recent amendment to the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) (Amendment) Act 2024.

Leading the debate on the motion, Mr. Chinda said the Cybercrime Act is implemented wrongly by the CBN.

According to Prime Times, the House directed the CBN to withdraw the ambiguous circular and issue a new one that provides clarity.

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