The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday, released a guide on how and where you can lodge a complaint against financial institutions it regulates such as Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), Microfinance Banks (MFBs), Primary Mortgage Institutions (PMBs) and Merchant banks.
In 2011, the CBN in a circular directed all banks to expand their existing Automated Teller Machine (ATM) help desk to handle all types of consumer complaints.
Contact your institution first
Consequently, if you have a complaint against your bank, you must first report the complaint at the bank/branch where the issue originated and then allow two weeks (it might be less or more in some cases) for the issues to be resolved.
If your bank fails to resolve your complaint
You have the right to escalate your complaint to the Director, Consumer Protection Department (CPD) of the CBN after lodging your complaint, when your bank fails to acknowledge within three days or issue a tracking number, or fails to resolve the complaint within the timelines as stipulated by the Consumer Protection Regulation (CPR).
Complaints to Consumer Protection Department
You can only direct your Complaints to CPD upon the failure of your Bank/ Financial Institution to resolve your complaint within the timeline stipulated by the Consumer Protection Regulation (CPR).
Contacting Consumer Protection Department (CPD)
You can contact the CPD through the following channels: firstname.lastname@example.org, letter to the director, Consumer Protection Department Garki, Abuja.
Your letter of Complaint should be addressed to the director, Consumer Protection Department. You can submit your letter at the CBN head office or at any of the CBN branches nationwide,
The CBN deals with all financial related complaints insofar as it is against a Financial Institution within its regulatory purview.