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FirstBank Introduces Contactless Naira Mastercard

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has introduced the Contactless Naira Master Card to its array of debit cards to promote convenience, ease of transactions and the security of funds.

 

FirstBank debit cards are acceptable nationwide and globally; they can be used to withdraw cash and access value added services including bills payment, airtime recharge, flight and hotel booking among others.

 

The Bank in a statement at the weekend stated that the FirstBank Contactless Naira Master Card enables quick pin-less purchases and is a fast secure way for customers to shop locally and globally.

 

“The contactless card can be used for making payments in the London transport network such as buses, tubes, trams, Dock and Light Railway (DLR) and the London Overground as well as in Grocery shops, supermarkets and Gas stations within London metropolis.

 

“The card is designed to enhance a cashless lifestyle by promoting increased card usage for lower value transactions. Payments are made by tapping the card on the POS machine “with contactless functions for low value transactions; the card can also be used in a regular POS as a normal MasterCard. The daily limits for pin-less transactions are N3000 for the contactless naira master card and N10,000.00 for the contactless Platinum Debit MasterCard.

 

“The FirstBank Verve debit card is Chip & PIN secured for greater protection of customers’ funds, provides extra protection for web based transactions with “Safetoken”, is Naira- denominated, and personalised, bearing the customer’s name. It is accepted wherever the Interswitch or Verve logo is displayed and can also be used to perform transactions via the Quickteller services menu on FirstBank ATMs. This Card is issued in 15 minutes at FirstBank branches, saves time and is very easy to obtain.

 

“With the FirstBank Expressions on Card, Customers now have the freedom to design the look and feel of their cards with their most cherished memories and spend with a card that is as unique as them. The card is Naira-denominated and is accepted globally for online, ATM and PoS transactions”.

 

The bank specifically said: “the Platinum Naira MasterCard to serve High Net-worth Customers. The Platinum Naira MasterCard is a Naira denominated international Debit card issued in partnership with MasterCard Worldwide, and enables transactions all over the world wherever the MasterCard logo is displayed. This card provides access to e-Commerce across the globe and enhanced security with the Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV) technology that greatly reduces the cloning of cards; access to international emergency services such as card replacement and cash advance. Customers with the Platinum Naira Master Card also have access to higher local daily transaction limits from FirstBank.

 

“The card is accepted worldwide at over 29.million merchant locations and can be used for transactions over the WEB or POS as well as cash withdrawals at over 1.8 million ATMs, in over 200 countries. The card is also secured by Chip & PIN technology and is issued within 15 minutes at FirstBank branches.

 

“The Visa Debit Card is a dual currency card denominated in NGN and USD, allowing customers spend Naira from their Naira account when in Nigeria and Dollars from their domiciliary account when outside the country. The card also has the EMV (Chip & PIN) enhanced security that ensures safety of funds and transactions. The Visa Debit card is accepted globally for ATM withdrawals, POS payments terminals as well as online for goods and services.

 

“FirstBank is re-certified to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 3.2, and this recertification reaffirms the Bank’s leading position in the payment card industry in Nigeria”.

 

It would be recalled that FirstBank was recently, named the first financial institution in Nigeria and the West-Africa sub-region to issue 10 million cards to customers across the country. This makes FirstBank the second bank in Africa to achieve this feat. With this milestone, the Bank has maintained a 95% active card ratio and currently processes about 30% of card transactions in the entire banking industry.

 

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eTranzact Fires Obi as CEO, Others over Alleged N11Bn Fraud

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eTranzact International Plc has confirmed that Mr. Valentine Obi, managing director and some of its other directors will step down, after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) asked the senior management of the payment processor company  to resign.

 

The action is coming in the wake of alleged fraud to the tune of ₦11billion perpetrated on its platform, by Michael Obasuyi, CEO of Platinum Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society Limited on the platform.

Mr. Valentine Obi

In a letter signed by the company’s secretary, eTranzact International, said that Mr. Obi will step down as the company managing director, while Mr. Niyi Toluwalope will be taking over as the managing director in an acting capacity.

 

Until this new appointment, Toluwalope was the Chief Financial officer of the company, a position he has held since 2011.

 

Others affected by the management change include Executive Directors; Sullivan Akala, Ike Eze and Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Richard Omoniyi, Head of Operations, Mr. Kehinde Segun.

 

eTranzact International however denied reports that PricewaterhouseCoopers, PwC, and Earnest & Young have been recruited to review the accounts of the company.

 

eTranzact, claimed that the move for the change in the management of the firm is strictly a decision by the board.

 

“We want to categorically state that there was no fraud in eTranzact International Plc, however, a merchant used the company’s interface with a bank to perpetrate fraud,” the press release made available to Techpoint.ng reads in part

 

The firm also affirms that neither of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) nor Ernst and Young is reviewing the books of the company. eTranzacts claims PwC handles various technology-related assignments from time to time for the company, none of which has to do with account reviewing.

 

E-Tranzact international was incorporated as a Private Limited Liability Company on the 7th of May 2003. It became a public limited liability company on the 7th of August 2009 and was quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

 

Its shares are currently trading flat on the Nigerian Stock Exchange at ₦4.55 with its one year return down by 7.14%.

 

Full Text of Release

 

eTranzact International PLC, Africa’s premier e-payments solution provider has announced that it will be making significant changes to the Company’s management team.

 Niyi Toluwalope

Mr. Valentine Obi, Managing Director of the Company will be stepping down and Mr. Niyi Toluwalope will be taking over as the Managing Director in acting capacity. Until his appointment, Mr. Niyi Toluwalope was the Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since 2011. Other executive positions affected by the management changes are: Executive Directors -Mr. Sullivan Akala and Mr. Ike Eze; Chief Technology Officer – Mr. Richard Omoniyi and Head of Operations – Mr. Kehinde Segun.

 

eTranzact is aware of recent Business Day publications about these management changes and wishes to announce that the changes are strictly eTranzact Board’s decision, and would like to advise all its stakeholders that it is working closely with the regulators, and all other relevant Stakeholders to resolve any issue related to or arising from the management changes.

 

In addition, we want to categorically state that there was no fraud in eTranzact International Plc, however a merchant used the company’s interface with a bank to perpetrate fraud. The eTranzact executives resigned honorably because they have the responsibility for governance in the company. Also, there is no truth about PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) or Ernst & Young reviewing the Accounts of the Company. eTranzact retains PwC from time to time for various technology related assignments and none has to do with reviewing the Company’s Accounts.

 

The ISO certifcations are a testament to eTranzact’s focus in adopting and implementing global and best practices to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, confidentiality and integrity in its day to day operations. This marks the beginning of a new journey for the company.”

 

 

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UBA to Reward Loyal Customers in ‘Refer-a-Friend’ Campaign

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Pan-African Financial Services Institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc will be rewarding its loyal customers who refer friends and family to the bank in its new diaspora campaign.

 

The campaign is designed to reward customers of the bank who refer their Diaspora friends/relatives to open a UBA account.

 

Specifically, this campaign will last for three months and the bank will be rewarding any customer who refers other customers with the reward of N5,000 for every successfully opened new and funded account.

 

For instance, new and existing customers who refer friends and relatives in the Diaspora to open new UBA accounts will be eligible to grab the reward for as many times as the number of people they refer.

 

According to the campaign managers, the referrer who must have an account with UBA, will have his/her account number inputted in the provided field by the referred. The account number is expected to serve as a reference code for paying the reward, and once the new Diaspora account is funded with a minimum of $100,  $100, £100, €100 or N50,000, for a one-month period, the reward sum of N5,000 will be automatically credited into the Referrer’s account.

 

They further explained that the campaign which kicks-off on May 22, 2018, involves no raffle draws, customers just refer, and redeem their cash prizes after successful funding of the new account.

 

 

 

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Court Orders Zenith Bank to Pay Customer N11m as Damages

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An Anambra State High Court sitting in Onitsha has ordered Zenith Bank PLC to pay the total sum of eleven million naira to Mr. Iwuchuckwu Okeke of Okeke P.C Stores as damages for detaining his five hundred and fifty thousand naira for ten days and also for reputation and business damages.

 

In its judgement, the court presided by Justice M.N.O Okonkwo ordered the bank to pay a sum of one million naira to the Plaintiff as damages for detaining his five hundred and fifty thousand naira for ten days and the sum of ten million naira as reputation and business damages.

 

According to Plaintiff who deals with the products of the Nigerian Bottling Company, on 1st March 2017, he paid the sum of five hundred and fifty thousand naira to the account of the Nigerian Bottling Company Limited through the defendant and the electronic transaction receipt evidencing the payment was issued to him but the bank failed to effect the transaction timeously blaming the failure on poor network and all attempts by him in approaching the bank to effect the transaction failed.

 

He thereafter wrote the bank through his lawyer and requested that the money be remitted and that also sum of five million naira should be paid to him as compensation to his loss but the bank failed to act accordingly and he had no option than to seek for justice at the court of law in order to save his business as he was out of stock and had no money to order for new products from the Nigerian Bottling Company.

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