CBN Orders Quick Refunds To Customer In Failed Bank Transactions
Isaac Okorafor

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), determined to improve on banking service quality, especially quick refunds when customers experience failed transactions, dispense errors or disputes, has revised timelines for reversals and/or resolution of refund complaints on Electronic channels.

The new and shortened time frames contained in a statement signed by the Bank’s Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, will take effect from June 8, 2020.

The statement read as follows:
1) Failed “On-Us” ATM transactions (when customers use their cards on their bank’s ATMs) shall be instantly reversed from the current timeline of three (3) days. Where instant reversal fails due to any technical issue or system glitch, the timeline for manual reversal shall not exceed 24 hours.

2) Refunds for failed “Not-on-Us” ATM transactions (where customers use their cards on other banks’ ATMs) shall not exceed 48 hours from the current 3-5 days.

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3) Resolution of disputed/failed PoS or Web transactions shall be concluded within 72hours from the current five (5) days.

4) All banks are directed to resolve backlog of all ATM, POS and Web customer refunds within two weeks starting June 8, 2020.

The statement further disclosed that key service providers in the Nigerian payments system have also committed to establish an integrated dispute resolution platform for the industry and enhance their payment system infrastructure and processes to reduce incidences of transaction failure.