Nigeria Blocks Binance and Crypto Platforms Amid Forex Market Manipulation Concerns

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In a move aimed at curbing what it perceives as the ongoing forex market manipulation and illicit fund movements, the Nigerian government has taken decisive action by blocking access to online platforms operated by Binance and several other crypto firms. This development, communicated to telecommunication companies by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), underscores the government’s resolve to address concerns regarding currency speculation and money laundering activities facilitated by these platforms.

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The decision to target Binance and other crypto firms follows reports linking them to criminal activities, with authorities asserting that these activities significantly contribute to the devaluation of the naira. Despite warnings from regulatory agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), regarding the illegality of their operations, these platforms continued to attract users, including urban youths and suspected speculators.

In response to the government’s actions, Binance emphasized its commitment to cooperation with local authorities, lawmakers, and regulators to address non-compliance issues, including the removal of manipulative users from its platform. The platform outlined various measures, such as setting upper limits for ads and enhancing monitoring to detect and remove market manipulators.

The government’s efforts to stabilize the forex market have been multifaceted, including recent directives to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to crackdown on speculative activities among Bureau de Change operators. However, there appears to be some ambiguity regarding the NCC’s involvement in the regulation of online platforms, as indicated by Reuben Mouka, Director of Public Affairs at the NCC, who stated that website and social media regulation may not fall within the purview of the NCC’s mandate.

As Nigeria navigates the complexities of regulating the cryptocurrency landscape amidst concerns of economic sabotage and national security risks, stakeholders will be closely monitoring the effectiveness and implications of these regulatory measures on the financial ecosystem and broader economy.


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