Governments all over the world have been making an attempt to distance themselves and their residents from cryptocurrencies. Nonetheless, historical past suggests that individuals all the time discover a manner. Nigeria isn’t any exception.
In February 2021, the Central Financial institution of Nigeria [CBN] directed monetary establishments to stop providers to entities concerned in cryptocurrencies. Quickly after this directive got here into impact, many centralized exchanges misplaced banking help and noticed their reserves take a dip. Because of the identical, clients’ freedom to withdraw freely was restrained too.
Now, whereas the CBN meant to discourage crypto-use with this step, it appears to have had an unexpected consequence. Chiagozie Iwu, CEO and Co-founder of Nigerian crypto-exchange Naijacrypto, shares this opinion. In a current interview, he famous,
“What the federal government simply succeeded in doing was transferring the commerce of crypto from centralized exchanges like Naijacrypto and Luno to extra black market-like exchanges.”
The variety of scams going down within the cryptocurrency house shouldn’t be hidden, even from newbies. Nonetheless, scams in mainstream finance are additionally equally, if no more, common.
Regardless of such stringent actions in opposition to crypto-exchanges, nonetheless, crypto-users within the nation proceed to make use of peer-to-peer exchanges like Paxful and Binance P2P. The truth is, in accordance with the exec, these platforms witnessed “quite a lot of development” quickly after the directive got here into impact.
‘One sensible manner of stopping scams’
Stopping scams is a tedious process even for governments worldwide, and there’s no certain manner of combating it. Nonetheless, working with the crypto-sector might undoubtedly present some reduction to the regulators, in accordance with Iwu. In a remark which underlined his views on centralized exchanges, the exec added,
“Centralized exchanges have instruments to detect blacklisted wallets and harmful transactions. Centralized exchanges have KYC protocols subsequently funds from rip-off sources can simply be de-anonymized. Working with these centralized exchanges is one sensible manner of stopping scams and proscribing black market exchanges.”
This isn’t an unusual view although, particularly since such a proposal has been made by many in mild of regulatory actions being taken in opposition to exchanges all over the world.
As anticipated, enthusiasm amongst crypto-users in Nigeria has remained unfettered. The truth is, knowledge pointed to a surge in P2P volumes in June 2021, with the identical being the case in July 2021 as properly. The height in weekly quantity in July was $8.66 million, with Paxful taking the lion’s share.