16 Transactions Exempted From New Cybersecurity Bank Levy

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in a circular dated May 6, 2024, to all commercial, merchant, non-interest and payment service banks as well as mobile money operators and payment service providers, disclosed that deposit money banks in the country will now start charging 0.5% cybersecurity levy on transactions.

These are the transactions exempted from the levy

1. Loan disbursements and repayments

This exemption applies to the movement of funds related to loans. It won’t be charged on the money you receive as a loan or when you make repayments towards your loan.

2. Salary payments

This ensures there’s no additional levy on your salary when it’s electronically deposited into your account.

3. Intra-account transfers

This category covers transfers within your own account, even if it’s done between accounts you hold at different banks but under the same name. Essentially, moving money between your own accounts won’t incur the levy.

4. Intra-bank transfers between customers of the same bank

Electronic transfers between accounts held by different people within the same bank are also exempted. So, sending money to a friend who also banks with the same institution won’t be levied.

5. Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) instructions to their correspondent banks

This applies to transactions initiated by non-bank financial institutions (like payment processors) when they send instructions to banks they work with (correspondent banks).

6. Interbank placements

Exemption in this regards refers to short-term transfers of funds between banks, which is a normal part of their daily operations. These placements are exempt from the levy.

7. Banks’ transfers to CBN and vice-versa

Any transfers between commercial banks and the Central Bank of Nigeria are covered under this exemption. These transactions are essential for managing the country’s financial system and are not subject to the levy.

8. Inter-branch transfers within a bank

Electronic transfers happening between branches of the same bank won’t attract cybersecurity levy. That is; moving money between your accounts in different branches won’t be charged with the levy.

9. Cheques clearing and settlements

The clearing and settlement process ensures proper transfer of funds when cheques are used. Since this is an internal banking process to finalize cheque transactions, it’s exempted from the levy.

10. Letters of Credit (LCs)

Letters of Credit are trade finance instruments used to guarantee payments. Transactions related to Letters of Credit are exempt from the cybersecurity levy.

11. Banks’ recapitalization related funding

This exemption applies to bulk transfers of funds related to banks increasing their capital base (recapitalization). Only the movement of these large funds from collection accounts is exempt, not everyday transactions.

12. Savings and deposits including long-term investments

Deposits you make into your savings account and transactions related to long-term investments like Treasury Bills, Bonds, and Commercial Papers are also exempted from the cybersecurity levy.

13. Government Social Welfare Programs

This ensures there’s no levy on transactions related to government social programs, such as depositing your pension payments.

14. Non-profit and charitable transactions

Donations made electronically to registered non-profit organizations or charities are exempt from the cybersecurity levy.

15. Educational Institutions transactions

This covers electronic transactions involving educational institutions, such as tuition payments made to schools, universities, or other accredited institutions.

16. Transactions involving bank’s internal accounts

This applies to various internal transfers banks make to manage their accounts. These include suspense accounts, clearing accounts, profit and loss accounts, inter-branch accounts, reserve accounts, nostro and vostro accounts, and escrow accounts.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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