We have confirmed reports, that certain banks were giving their customers a haircut. No. They haven’t pivoted to barbershop operation. International services like Uber Lagos would display Naira denominated receipts, by converting using the official CBN rate, and these banks would debit accounts using parallel (black market) rates.
Uber charged me 4K, GTB charged me 6K. I was just confused really
— Alhaji Joseph (@JayOfficial___) January 13, 2016
Uber: N 3,998
GTB: N 5,697@gtbank you think you're doing me?
— BDFL (@MrLong_) January 4, 2016
Gtb gave me western union at 199. Charged 280 naira for an Uber deduction https://t.co/WsJSdHBJ55
— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) January 3, 2016
To the chagrin of many users of the Uber Lagos service, the disparity can sometimes be as high as 35-40%. Of course, all this is only possible in the first place, because of Nigeria’s Forex clusterfuck. Story for another day.
Beat FM On-Air personality, Osi Suave, noted on Twitter this morning, that Diamond Bank debits customer cards with the amount reflected on their Uber receipt.
And it’s not just Osi, too.
— Sharee ™ (@Shareee) January 13, 2016
And it’s not just Diamond Bank, too.
In other news I changed my Uber account payment method to my Ecobank card. No daylight robbery with them.
— Adeyinka Amurawaiye (@ADYK_41) January 7, 2016
The reports of double debits we’ve seen have come from GTBank card holders, and even though they issued an explanation, it still doesn’t explain why they do it, and Diamond Bank doesn’t.
Can someone please help explain this in English and not "GTBankese" pic.twitter.com/D5Cqq3A9OG
— Victor Asemota (@asemota) January 7, 2016