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  • Updated: May 15, 2024

Crypto platform Kucoin halts naira P2P trading

Crypto platform Kucoin halts naira P2P trading

Crypto platform, Kucoin has suspended Naira P2P trading on its platform.

The decision by Kucoin has made the platform join the list of Crypto Exchanges which has suspended the Naira P2P trade

This is as Nigerian authorities continue to tighten the noose on Crypto entities both local and foreign operating in the country.

The move comes three weeks after the country’s Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC met with major crypto stakeholders in the Nigerian industry and urged them to desist from Naira P2P trading as Nigerian authorities battle with the current unstable nature of the Naira.

According to CryptoNews, Kucoin notified its users on Wednesday via a blog post of its decision to temporarily suspend its P2P naira services and Fast Buy service via Naira card citing ongoing efforts to enhance their services as the motive behind the decision.

Experts have however hinted that the crypto exchange decision is a move to avoid running into a hitch with the Nigerian government which has been very critical of Naira P2P trading recently.

The Office of the National Security Adviser, NSA has intensified its scrutiny of Naira P2P cryptocurrency trading adding to the overall suspicious outlook the Nigerian government has on Cryptocurrency as a whole linking it to illegal activities like money laundering and tax evasion.

Recently, the Federal Government instructed fintechs and banks to close bank accounts associated with trading and report such accounts to the authorities.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has also taken action by blocking thousands of accounts involved in crypto trading.

Emomotimi Agama, the Nigerian SEC Chief accused crypto P2P traders of manipulating the Naira and being responsible for the depreciation of the Naira during a May 7 meeting with industry stakeholders. He expressed his concerns about the direct impact P2P trading has on the exchange rate of the Naira.

Despite the stiff measures put in place by Nigerian authorities the Naira has continued to depreciate and has hit a new low of N1,520 per Dollar at the Foreign Exchange, FOREX parallel market as of Monday.

Kucoin joins Binance in its decision to delist Naira P2P trading on its platform following the latter pending case with Nigerian authorities in court.

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