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The Central Bank of Nigeria has directed all bank customers to connect their National Identification Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) to their bank accounts.

In a circular dated December 1st, 2023, the bank mandated that banks enforce restrictions on all Tier 1 bank accounts lacking a BVN.

Tier 1 accounts are accounts that can be opened with a valid identity or proof of address.

While some banks specified February 29, 2024, as the deadline for compliance, others did not mention any specific deadline.

The National Identification Number (NIN) consists of 11 non-intelligible numbers randomly chosen and assigned to an individual after completing enrollment into the National Identity Database (NIDB).

Bank Verification Number (BVN) is a biometric technology with secure unique identifier to analyze human characteristics as an enhanced form of authentication for real-time security processes.

To link your BVN or NIN to your bank account, you can use one of the following methods

Link BVN,NIN to bank account via Internet Banking

Log in to the internet banking platform of your bank, select the BVN/NIN option, click on new request, enter your BVN/NIN, select the bank where your BVN/NIN was issued, answer the secret questions and follow the instructions.

Link BVN,NIN to bank account via SMS

Simply text BVN/NIN, your account number, and BVN/NIN number to the number/code provided by your service provider or bank.

Email Request

Send an email request to your account officer

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