The BVN deadline has come and gone. Typically, many people waited until the last minute before getting compliant.
The strange thing is, some people who did their BVN Registration eons ago got a rude shock on Saturday (a day after the BVN registration deadline), and the Monday following. They found that their accounts have been frozen! Meaning, they can’t withdraw until they go and sort out the BVN issue.
This is reminiscent of the GSM (MTN Nigeria predominantly) networks disconnecting numerous lines despite the fact that those individuals registered their SiM long ago (some, multiple times). See Who takes the blame, MTN or NCC?
This morning, a friend said,
Heeeelllp. They have blocked all my accounts ooooo. Bank accounts. BVN palaver.
I did it at UBA since last year and I have the BVN number. It was sent to me twice in February this year. I was hoping yours will be fine so that I can use it to do some transactions
Of course, the friend has been running helter skelter to get his bank accounts unfrozen
Hear him further:
Like I always say, “Be sure, don’t assume” I just confirmed that the two Zenith Bank accounts are BVN compliant but the UBA where I did the registration is not.
Diamond Bank told me that they won’t accept the number because UBA put January 1, year 2000 as my date of birth.
I was not able to know why GTBank did not link my BVN, though I’ve filled and submitted the form some months ago. I’ve been able to re-link the account through ATM but the account is still frozen. They told me to give them some time before I retry.
Like the MTN NIGERIA forcing people to reregister their SiM the other time, these organizations need to wake up and stop shifting their inefficiency to innocent people.
This sort of unnecessary headache from financial institutions is simplify unsupportable.