It’s been roughly 11 days since the Central Bank of Nigeria banned all regulated financial institutions from providing services to cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. At the risk of stiff penalties, all banks and institutions were directed to close crypto-related firms’ accounts immediately.
In the wake of the controversial move, public interest in Bitcoin (BTC) in Nigeria continues to outstrip other countries, according to the latest available data from Google Trends. Even more stark is the hefty 36% premium on Bitcoin’s price as of the time of writing, Feb. 16.
The premium translates into a $71,150 price tag per Bitcoin, as compared with the average spot market price of $51,314 calculated in Cointelegraph’s price index. The premium is also incomparable to the five next largest premiums globally at present: 3.24% in South Africa, and between 1% and 3% in Argentina, Peru, Malaysia and Vietnam.
As a Cointelegraph analysis outlined last week, the immediate impact of the central bank ban appears