SERAP Issues FG 48-hour Ultimatum To Reverse Cybersecurity Levy

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has given a 48-hour deadline to the Federal Government to withdraw the 0.5 per cent cybersecurity levy imposed on bank customers

This was made known, Tuesday, in a statement on its official X handle, to react to the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) directives to commercial banks and other financial institutions to start charging cybersecurity levy.

Reacting to the new development, SERAP threatened to sue the FG if the “grossly unlawful” directive by the CBN is not reversed.

 “The Tinubu administration must immediately withdraw the grossly unlawful CBN directive to implement section 44 of the Cybercrime Act 2024, which imposes a 0.5% ‘cybersecurity levy’ on Nigerians. We’ll see in court if the directive is not withdrawn within 48 hours.’’

You recall that RovingNaija News reported earlier that CBN on Monday ordered banks to charge the cybersecurity levy on Nigerians for online transactions two weeks from now. 

The apex bank, however, exempted 16 listed banking transactions from its new cybersecurity levy as reported by RovingNaija News

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Rita Elenwo

Rita Aletor- Elenwo, is a professional journalist with experience in broadcast, print and online reporting. A proud citizen of Edo state, Nigeria (Esan South East Local Government) Rita had her first degree in philosophy from Ebonyi State University (2008), PGD, in Communication from the University of Port Harcourt (2020), and currently in pursuit of an MSC degree in communication. Rita (nee Aletor-) is happily married with lovely children.

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