CBN revises timelines for dispense errors, refund complaints

By Chika Otuchikere

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has revised timelines for reversals and/or resolution of refund complaints on electronic channels, with effect from June 8.

The CBN director of Corporate Communication, Isaac Okorafor who made this known in a statement on Monday, said the directive is in the bank’s determination to further enhance service quality, particularly quick refunds when customers experience failed transactions, dispense errors or disputes.

The statement is as follows: “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.

“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.

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

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

Okorafor 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.

Members of the public, he said, are requested to refer to the updated Guidelines for the Operation of Electronic Payment Channels on the Bank’s website ( for further details.

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