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Experts Seek Improved e-Channels Security, Banks Lose N237bn In 10 Years



By peter oluka

Fraudsters, especially through the electronic payment channels have stolen about N237 billion since 2007 from Nigerian banks.

This was made known on Monday by the Niyi Yusuf, country manager, Accenture, who declared that the e-payment sector was at the risk of huge losses.

Yusuf spoke as one of the lead presenters at this year’s edition of annual payment systems and fraud conference organised by the E-Payment providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN) in collaboration with the CBN and other major stakeholders in the e-payment industry.

Discussions at the forum were woven around the theme: ‘Leveraging Big Data Analytics in Combating Payment Fraud.’

According to him, as technology grows, the fraudsters also become sophisticated leveraging the pervasive Internet access, stating that since 2007, about N237 billion has been at the risk of fraud.

“As the adoption of e-payment rose in Nigeria, so also the amount lost to fraud. Only 12 per cent of fraud happens across the counters while the remaining 88 per cent is online,” he said.

According to Yusuf, the emerging trends in the financial industry will make combating fraud tougher and more essential in the next five to 10 years.

Speaking at the forum, Mr. Tunde Lemo, chairman, Lambeth Trust Limited and member, board of trustees, E-PPAN, said with increasing transactions, stakeholders have to come together to face tougher challenges in combating electronic fraud (e-fraud).

Also speaking, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, deputy governor, Operations, CBN, challenged the players in the e-payment sector to take security measures very seriously, saying the apex bank would continue to implement policy framework that will continue to engender secure cashless transactions in the country.

In his submission, Mr. Dele Adeyinka, chairman, Committee of E-Banking Industry Heads (CeBIH), noted that the rising volume of transactions across different payment channels meant that “we need to constantly look for ways to ensure the e-channels are much more secure for people to transact without fear of losing their money.”

Meanwhile, of all the e-payment channels available in the country, ATM, web and mobile account for 77 per cent of fraud incidences, according to According to Head, Industry Security Services, NIBSS, Mr. Olufemi Fadairo.

Fadairo tasked stakeholders on the need to consolidate data in the industry towards mitigating fraud incidences.

Also, Kemi Okusanya, country director, Visa, emphasised the need to strengthen security of digital platforms, saying the proliferation of devices that now use Internet to access e-payment transactions is an indication that the future will continue to be mobile and “we all have a duty to collaborate to ensure we secure those platforms.”

She noted that 1.9 million records are stolen everyday with 53 per cent this linked to actual identities of people. “To secure our future, we must perfect our data, devalue it when necessary and harness it to prevent fraud,” she said.

Mrs. Regha Onajite, chief executive officer of E-PPAN, called on all stakeholders to leverage big data analytics to prevent fraud while also collaborating with each others in the area of sharing experiences on fraud incidences so as to prevent fraud in the system.

Meanwhile, over N57 trillion transactions are said to have been carried out across different e-payment platforms this year alone.

The platforms, according to experts who spoke at the event, cover cheque truncations system, National Instant Payment (NIP), NIBSS Electronic Funds Transfers (NEFT), Point of Sales (PoS) terminals, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and web-based transactions.

According to them “over N4 trillion cheque transaction has been done, NIP has done N40 trillion, NEFT has recorded N9 trillion, PoS has seen N975 billion, ATM transactions have reached N4.2  trillion while web-based transactions stand at N129 billion this year alone.”

They experts further hinted that the country is facing a tougher time in combating electronic fraud owing to the growth in emerging trends and technologies that make e-payment possible for bank customers.

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Keystone Bank, NIPOST Partner to Launch Agency Banking



Keystone Bank Limited has launched “KeyServ”(An Agency Banking proposition) to serve customers outside its conventional brick & mortar mode of banking.


The initiative, which is in partnership with Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and i-OneC (A FinTech Firm), is in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Financial System Strategy (FSS2020) goals to increase financial inclusion uptake in Nigeria.


Mr. Obeahon Ohiwerei, group managing director/ chief executive officer, Keystone Bank Limited, said: “Enabling Financial Inclusion is our core area of focus and we have partnered with other industry players to deploy Digital Financial Solutions/ Platforms for improved access to finance; leveraging data to improve the product offerings, personalised & predictive customer service, and uncovering new customer segments”.


“The recent reports on adult Nigerians (according to EFInA) that are financially excluded is 40.1million (41.6% of 96.4million adults). To this end, we are partnering with NIPOST and i-OneC to offer financial inclusion services to un(der)banked Nigerians especially in the rural and less urban areas.

“Under this partnership, KeyServ (Keystone Agency Banking Services) offers services such as Account Opening, Bills Payment, Cash-In, Cash-Out, ATM Services, Fund Transfers, Balance Enquiries, ATM cash withdrawals, Mini Statements and a whole lot more.


“One landmark feature of KeyServ (Keystone Agency Banking Services) is that it offers affordable access to financial services than the traditional banking methods.”


Also, speaking at the launch, Yemi Odusanya, ED Corporate Banking & South, Keystone Bank, added : “With this scheme, customers, especially in the rural areas will enjoy unfettered access to banking services. As at today, we have about 106 approved agents across the country and already, the services are available at Sabongida-Ora (Evbiobe)-Edo State, Sabon Gari (Kano), Mirinjibi (Kaduna), Barnawa (Kaduna), Yaba (Lagos) and Ikoyi (Lagos)”

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Standard Chartered Launch African online Bank



Standard Chartered launched its first African online-only bank in Cote d’Ivoire yesterday, joining a wave of lenders seeking to use new technologies to reach customers in some of the world’s most under-served markets.

Long considered a backwater, Africa has emerged as the world’s No. 2 banking market in terms of both growth and profitability.

Yet there are just five branches per 100,000 adults, by far the lowest rate in the world.

To compete for customers, banks are increasingly taking advantage of Africa’s deepening mobile phone coverage.

Clients of Standard Chartered’s Ivorian bank will be able to open an account in less than 15 minutes and then use an app on their mobile devices to carry out all their banking activities.

“We have been steadily investing in expanding our footprint in Africa over the years, and this will continue to be a priority moving forward,” said Sunil Kaushal, Standard Chartered’s Regional CEO, Africa and Middle East.

“Digitising Africa remains at the heart of our business strategy for the region,” he said, adding that the British bank planned to roll out the model pioneered in Cote d’Ivoire in other African markets in the coming months.

Standard Chartered joins competitors including Lloyds , Kenyan lender CBA’s M-Shwari and Togo-based Ecobank that are focusing their growth strategies around digital banking.

The number of Africans with bank accounts grew from 170 million in 2012 to nearly 300 million last year, according to a study published by management consulting firm McKinsey and Company last month.

That figure is expected to rise to 450 million in the next five years.

McKinsey’s survey found that nearly 40 per cent of all African banking customers preferred digital channels for transactions and more than half of the middle and affluent client segments did.

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AfDB to Partner Nigeria in Power Sector Recovery Program



The African Development Bank (AfDB) says it will support Nigeria’s Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) in three areas.

It listed the areas as operational and technical intervention, governance issues and policy based support.

The bank disclosed this in Abuja on Friday in a statement signed by Mrs Fatimah Alkali, Senior Communications Officer in Nigeria Country Office.

AfDB said it had undertaken a mission to hold further discussions on Nigeria’s PSRP with several stakeholders.

The bank said that the mission was led by Mr Amadou Hott, the Bank’s Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth.

It said meetings had been held with relevant ministries, departments and agencies to harmonise plans and areas of intervention.

The ministries and agencies include the Ministries of Finance, Power, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, World Bank and solar power developers.

The Bank said the programme was designed to promote energy access to rural communities through the expansion of the transmission grid, development of innovative financing products and provision of technical assistance to improve revenue generation by the distribution companies.

It said the goal of the mission was to identify opportunities for collaboration in the programme.

“The bank’s energy strategy identifies energy as crucial not only for the attainment of health and education outcomes, but for industrialisation, reducing the cost of doing business and for unlocking economic potential and creating jobs.

“In line with its high 5 development priorities, the Bank is committed to supporting Nigeria in the effective and efficient implementation of the country’s Power Sector Recovery Program,” the bank said.

The statement quoted the Bank’s President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, as saying that “Africa is simply tired of being in the dark.

“It is time to take decisive action and turn around this narrative: to light up and power Africa and accelerate the pace of economic transformation, unlock the potential of businesses and drive much needed industrialisation to create jobs” he said.

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