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Binance Quits Nigerian Market, Halts NGN Services

Binance has dropped a bombshell by announcing its departure from the Nigerian market
March 6, 2024

In a significant development within the cryptocurrency sphere, Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, has announced its decision to withdraw from the Nigerian market. This move entails the discontinuation of all services involving the Nigerian naira (NGN).

Effective March 8, Binance will halt NGN withdrawals, with remaining NGN balances automatically converted to the Tether stablecoin. Urging Nigerian users to facilitate a seamless transition, the exchange advises withdrawing NGN funds, trading NGN assets, or converting them into cryptocurrencies before the cessation of NGN services.

Moreover, Binance has suspended NGN deposits immediately, with such transactions no longer supported after 2:00 pm UTC on March 5. Additionally, all trading pairs involving NGN will be removed from the platform on March 7, and Binance Pay will eliminate NGN from its list of supported payment options on March 6.

This strategic withdrawal follows heightened regulatory scrutiny faced by Binance in Nigeria. Concerns raised by the Central Bank of Nigeria regarding illicit transactions and suspicious fund flows at crypto exchanges, including Binance, have added pressure. The recent confiscation of passports belonging to two Binance executives by Nigerian authorities further underscores the tense regulatory climate.

The Nigerian House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes has summoned Binance CEO Richard Teng amidst growing suspicions of illicit activities. Notably, the Nigerian government imposed a substantial $10 billion fine on Binance as part of a crackdown on crypto platforms, aiming to stabilize the nation's local currency.

These actions are driven by concerns over forex market manipulation and illicit fund movement, believed to contribute to the weakening of the naira. Nigeria, despite its rapid growth in cryptocurrency adoption, has encountered regulatory resistance. Chainalysis ranked Nigeria second globally in cryptocurrency adoption in 2023, but calls for bans on major platforms like Binance and KuCoin reflect regulatory apprehensions.

With Nigeria emerging as a crypto hotspot, the clash between innovation and regulation intensifies. Despite its crypto-friendly populace, Nigeria's regulatory landscape poses challenges, epitomizing the ongoing struggle between traditional financial systems and the burgeoning crypto economy. As Binance navigates these turbulent waters, the future of cryptocurrency in Nigeria remains uncertain.

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