FG Set to Probe These 40 Loan Apps Over Abuses, Threat to Nigerians

The Nigerian government is exploring avenues to probe some digital loan apps over what has been described as alleged sharp practices and abuses.

The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Banking and Currency, Financial Crimes and Telecommunications to commence investigation into operations and loan administration of the fintech companies and online mobile digital loan apps in Nigeria.

According to the motion, these unregulated Nigerian fintech companies shame, threaten customers for late payment of loans; Cognizance of the need to investigate activities these fintech companies including OKash, Opay, PayLater, PalmCredit, Branch, QuickCheck , Aella Credit, FairMoney, KiaKia, EasyCredit, NewCredit, Umba, Carbon, and FirstNell.
Others include; SoftNaira, SharpCash , Newcredit, Cash Mall, NairaLand,FairMoney Naira9ja, New Credit Loan App, Future Cash, SharpCredit, MoneyHub , 9jaCash, Henloan, Get Loan, Plenty Cash, Fundy, iMoneyPlus, CashCredit, LifeLine, Lumos Loan, NairaPlus, Care Finance, Cashbean, CashMe, LoanMe, LifePurse iLoanPro, LairaPlus, OxLoan and NoNowMoney, among others.
The lawmakers claims that these loan apps coerced low income Nigerians earners to borrow and then get trapped in the web of sham.

He said they the COVID-19 pandemic affected many economies including Nigeria as jobs were lost and incomes were affected, due to the lockdowns, restrictions on movement and face-to-face interactions sped up the pace of digitalisation of financial services and the infiltration of some unscrupulous unregulated financial service operators.
He said: “These predatory lending apps are disguised as platforms where unsuspecting members of the public are promised access quick loans with no collateral except provision of bank verification number (BVN).
“Such victims are expected to repay loans at astronomical interest rates within 3-7 days as against the 91 to 365 days claim on Google Play store which has over 83.07% market share in Nigeria.
“Most of these loan apps or companies and individuals operate with no regulation by government, expired licenses and in some cases, no licensing.”
The lawmakers expressed concerns that the founding directors of these apps were foreign nationals who don’t have license to operate the volume of financial transaction in the country.
“Many of such online loan apps operating in Nigeria disbursing loans to customers with no collateral and defaulters are always sent threatening messages and that Loan apps and other fintech products can be used for money-laundering and other forms of illicit financial flows (IFF).
The House gave the committee 4 weeks within which to conclude the assignment and report back to the House for further legislative action.

About unclemtech

Check Also

Top Ten African Currencies Compared To US Dollar

Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent, known for its diverse cultures, landscapes, …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *