As the popularity of virtual currency reaches a new crescendo so is the demand to regulate it. The latest one jumping on the ‘regulate digital currency’ bandwagon is the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which wants the transactions to remain strictly under control.
The concerns over the virtual currencies were shared by the Director in charge of the Financial Policy and Regulation Department of the CBN, Mr. Obot Akpan, on behalf of the Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, of the (CBN) Dr Okwu Nnanna in Abuja. He was speaking at the 2nd Anti-Money Laundering/Combating Financial Terrorism Stakeholders Consultative Workshop organized by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS).
Akpan minced no words when he said that the “virtual currency is dangerous because it is not a legal tender of any country hence it has a borderless nature without jurisdiction which makes it a channel for money laundering.”
Speaking in the same vein Akpan noted that the “Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has observed that the virtual currency payment products and services (VCPPS) present opportunity for money laundering and has crime risk that must be identified and