AbokiFX Temporarily Suspends Rate Publication

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AbokiFX has decided to temporarily suspended rate updates on all its platforms from September 17, 2021, saying “abokiFX has taken the decision today, the 17th of September 2021, to temporarily suspend rate updates on all our platforms, until we get better clarity of the situation”.

This comes after the Central Bank of Nigeria vowed to go after the Founder of AbokiFX, Olusegun Oniwinde. CBN was investigating the Founder of AbokiFX, Olusegun Oniwinde, for alleged illegal foreign exchange transactions.

While noting that the final rates for Friday have been posted, the AbokiFX says news section and the Crypto rates section will still be active.

AbokiFX while clarifying the allegations before it, wrote,

“AbokiFX was established in 2014 as a research and information service company, to conduct market research and gather data on the parallel market rates.

“We also wanted to provide some transparency around the parallel market with the availability of information technology.

“AbokiFX purely provides benchmark parallel rate information which helps guide our users in almost 200 countries across the world.”

The online platform, however, stated that “AbokiFX does NOT TRADE FX,” adding that it has always maintained that in its emails and social media platforms.

“We do not Trade FX neither do we have the power to manipulate the rates as we DO NOT CREATE the rates.

“We are the only entity in Nigeria that has a full set of parallel rates, right from our inception in 2014 when the exchange rate was trading at N166 to $1,” the statement read.

AbokiFX noted that it collated data for years before it started publishing, as it realised the demand increased for our historical data.

The statement read further, “To most users of our platforms, we are just a parallel rates board but to many institutions, ranging from IVY league universities to global businesses and research centres, we are a key source of data, especially, historical data (almost a decade’s worth of data on parallel rates).

“Companies use our data for their internal and external audits as well as planning and budgeting.”

AbokiFX stated that “We ONLY publish what we source on the streets of Lagos, hence the phrase, Lagos Parallel Rates,” adding that the rates sourced are carefully collated, reviewed and a mean rate is published from the data pool.

The statement further read, “This explains our three daily updates – * Morning, ** Mid day, ***Evening.

“Sometimes, rates come in late but we have to wait for the full set of rates before they are published, to prevent volatility of rates.

“None of our data source providers know who we are or what their rates are being used for. This is to avoid any manipulation of rates.”

AbokiFX further said its staff has a daily routine of going to the market to gather rates, as all the BDCs in the country have their rates clearly displayed on their rates board and parallel market rate dealers give the information away freely.

“All we do is collate all that information and display it on all our platforms daily,” it said.

The statement continued, “In 2017, Nigeria experienced FX crises and the Naira depreciated to over N500/$1. abokiFX was accused of manipulating the parallel market rates.

“Once liquidity was injected, the Naira appreciated and we published the appreciation which is basically what we do.

“2021 has seen a similar scenario with the naira depreciating and we have published what we have been given, which has led some to believe we are manipulating the market. Yet no one can complain about our rates deviating +/- 2% from the parallel market rates when they patronise the dealers in the market.

“If we do not create the rates, how then can we control the rates. Our only sources of income have been our API and advert sales.”

As regards the allegations against the platform’s Director, Olusegun Oniwinde, AbokiFX said, “All allegations against our Director are yet to be confirmed but we at abokiFX DO NOT trade FX neither do we manipulate parallel market rates.”

It added that “Outside the media allegation, we have not received any communication from any government body and our accounts are not closed as stipulated in the media.”

AbokiFX, however, stated that Olusegun Oniwinde will not be publishing any form of rates for now.

“We sincerely hope this suspension will lead to the Naira appreciation from next week.

“With our decision to temporarily suspend online rate publication, we are aware that there will be limited visibility of parallel rates information which will impact decision making for many.”

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