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Binance refute Nigeria govt claim of receiving $10 billion fine

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Binance, a cryptocurrency giant, has refuted the Nigerian government’s claims that they are negotiating to pay a $10 billion fine.

A Binance official stated it had no discussions regarding a $10 billion fine with the Nigerian government but hopes to resume services “very soon.”

“We recently discussed ways to resolve issues with Nigeria, but we did not hear any demand for $10 billion,” a Binance official told the People’s Gazette.

“Our aim is to chart a good relationship with the government and the people of Nigeria. We want to see our services restored in Nigeria very soon, but we have no intention of paying fines for personnel or services.”

The Binance official also confirmed reports that the government detained two of their officials invited to Nigeria.

Bayo Onanuga, a spokesperson for President Bola Tinubu, on Friday told the BBC that the government “may impose heavy fines” on Binance for allegedly aiding those fixing the Nigerian exchange rate to sabotage the economy.

Onanuga later clarified his statement, saying he never claimed the company had been officially informed of the fine or that the amount was finalised at $10 billion.

“I never said Binance had been informed about the fines or that it would definitely be $10 billion. I only said the amount may be imposed, which is because nothing has been finalised yet,” Onanuga said.

Onanuga accused Binance of “harbouring people who fix the exchange rate, which quickly affects the Nigerian economy for the time when Nigeria is trying to stabilise the economy.”

(The Guardian)

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SEE States With Highest And Lowest Food Price Inflation Rates In Nigeria For March 2024

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The lastest data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has unveiled states in Nigeria with the highest and lowest food inflation rates.

The data released on Monday by the NBS, are for the month of March 2024.

According to the NBS, the states with the highest food inflation rates are:

Abia (5.17%)

Cross River (5.14%)

Bayelsa (4.75%)

Those with the lowest food inflation rates are:

Borno (1.59%)

Yobe (2.08%)

Adamawa (2.12%)

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s inflation rate has increased to 33.2% for the month of March 2024 according to the latest data released on Monday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The new figure represents a 1.5% increase from the 32.7% recorded in February 2024.

The NBS data shows that on a year-on-year basis, the headline inflation rate was 11.16% points higher compared to the rate recorded in March 2023, which was 22.04%. This shows that the headline inflation rate (year-on-year basis) increased in the month of March 2024 when compared to the same month in the preceding year (i.e., March 2023).

Furthermore, on a month-on-month basis, the headline inflation rate in March 2024 was 3.02%, which was 0.10% lower than the rate recorded in February 2024 (3.12%). This means that in the month of March 2024, the rate of increase in the average price level is less than the rate of increase in the average price level in February 2024.

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JUST IN: Inflation Rises to 33.20% in March

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Monday, April 15, has said that inflation rate increased from 31.70% in February 2024 to 33.20% in March 2024.

According to the Bureau in its Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Inflation Report March 2024, inflation rose by 1.50% point compared to the previous month.

NBS said: “In March 2024, the headline inflation rate increased to 33.20% relative to the February 2024 headline inflation rate which was 31.70%.

“Looking at the movement, the March 2024 headline inflation rate showed an increase of 1.50% points when compared to the February 2024 headline inflation rate.”

The document said on a year-on-year basis, the headline inflation rate was 11.16% points higher compared to the rate recorded in March 2023, which was 22.04%. This shows that the headline inflation rate (year-on-year basis) increased in March 2024 when compared to the same month in the preceding year (i.e., March 2023).

NBS further noted that on a month-on-month basis, the headline inflation rate in March 2024 was 3.02%, which was 0.10% lower than the rate recorded in February 2024 (3.12%).

The Bureau explained this means that in March 2024, the rate of increase in the average price level is less than the rate of increase in the average price level in February 2024.

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SEE Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today – April 15, 2024

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The exchange rate for the dollar to the Naira in the black market, also known as the parallel market, stands at N1135 for buying and N1140 for selling as of Sunday, April 14, 2024. These rates were reported by sources at Bureau De Change (BDC) in Lagos.

It’s important to note that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not recognize the parallel market and advises individuals to conduct foreign exchange transactions through authorized banks.

Buying Rate: N1135
Selling Rate: N1140
Meanwhile, the CBN’s official rates for the dollar to the Naira today are:

Buying Rate: N1237
Selling Rate: N1238
Please be aware that actual rates may vary depending on where you conduct your forex transactions, as prices are subject to change.

Optimistic Forecast for Naira: In a recent forecast by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., it is anticipated that the Nigerian currency, the Naira, could significantly strengthen, potentially trading below ₦1,000 to the dollar in the near future. This outlook follows an earlier projection by Goldman Sachs on March 10, which predicted the Naira reaching ₦1,200 per dollar within the next twelve months.

Andrew Matheny, an economist at Goldman Sachs, expressed optimism during an interview with Bloomberg, suggesting that the Naira might surpass earlier expectations by trading even lower than the projected ₦1,200 against the dollar. He indicated the possibility of the Naira trading below ₦1,000 in the foreseeable future.

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