NDIC to use BVN to verify, pay customers of Heritage Bank up to N5 million 

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has said that it has started the liquidation process of Heritage Bank Plc following the revocation of its banking license by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).  

In a press statement issued on Monday by Bashir Nuhu, Director of Communication & Public Affairs at NDIC, the Corporation noted that depositors are protected, as the NDIC is currently verifying to pay customers of the bank up to N5 million, depending on their deposits. 

The NDIC noted that the revocation of the banking license and the subsequent liquidation is pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020. 

The agency also stated the verification and payment process for insured deposits complies with Section 55 subsections 1 & 2 of the NDIC Act 2023. 

How payments will be made 

Depositors with alternate bank accounts within the industry will receive payments up to the insured limit of N5 million per depositor. 

This process will utilize the Bank Verification Number (BVN) to locate these alternate accounts, facilitating a smooth and efficient transfer. 

The statement noted: “Depositors of the bank that have alternate accounts within the industry will be paid up to the insured amount of N5 million per depositor using their Bank Verification Number (BVN) to locate their alternate account. While depositors with funds in excess of N5 million will be paid liquidation dividend upon realization of the bank’s assets and recovery of debts owed to the bank.” 

For depositors who do not have an alternate bank account, the NDIC advised such customers to visit the nearest Heritage Bank branch with proof of account ownership and a verifiable means of identification, such as a driver’s license, permanent voter’s card, or National Identity Card, along with their BVN. 

This will allow for the verification of their deposits and the subsequent payment of insured sums. 

Also, depositors can file claims online by visiting the claims page of the NDIC website. 

Creditors to get payments after depositors 

Creditors of Heritage Bank are instructed to visit the nearest bank branch to file their claims or use the online platform. 

The NDIC assured that the process for creditor payments will begin immediately after all depositors have been compensated. 

Debtors with outstanding loans are advised to contact the Corporation’s Asset Management Department (AMD) to arrange repayments. 

More Insights 

Nairametrics earlier reported that the CBN revoked the banking licence of Heritage Bank Plc with immediate effect, citing the bank’s persistent financial instability and breach of regulatory requirements.  

The decision is part of the CBN’s mandate to maintain a sound financial system in Nigeria, as outlined under Section 12 of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020. 

the CBN disclosed that Heritage Bank had failed to adhere to Section 12 (1) of BOFIA 2020, which necessitated regulatory intervention. 

Despite multiple supervisory measures prescribed by the CBN to mitigate the bank’s declining financial performance, Heritage Bank has been unable to improve its financial health.  

The bank’s continuous underperformance poses a significant threat to financial stability, compelling the CBN to revoke its licence.  


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