2 Ways To Find Your Shareholder Account Number in Nigeria

Last updated on May 7th, 2023 at 09:55 am

The shareholder account number is one of the requirements to begin the process of claiming a long-abandoned dividend in Nigeria.

If you’re among those who don’t know where their share certificate is kept, there is another way to retrieve it, provided you can remember the name of the company from which you bought the share.

What Is Shareholder Account Number?

A shareholder account number is a unique identifier digit for your shareholding and can be found on either your share certificate or on the non-mandated portal of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In some jurisdictions, a shareholder account number is a 9-digit character number that can be found on the top right-hand corner of the shareholder’s statement.

In Nigeria, however, the number can be found on the left side of the share certificate. The digit varies.

For instance, it’s 7 digit number for Ecobank Transnational Incorporated while it’s a 6-digit for Oceanic Bank Plc (a bank that was acquired by the ETI).

Why It’s Important

There are several questions shareholders ask especially those who bought stocks in the 1990s and early 2000s when public offers by companies were very popular.

That’s when share certificates were delivered by the Nigeria Postal Service, and a lot of them can still be found at the storeroom of some local NIPOST offices across Nigeria.

The major importance of shareholder account numbers is to identify an investor and how many shares they bought as you can in the photo below.

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sample of shareholder account number in nigeria

2 Ways To Get Your Shareholder Account Number in Nigeria

Which of the shares did you buy in the 80s that’s giving a headache how to retrieve your unclaimed dividend? You can begin the process of claiming an unclaimed dividend by using these methods:

  1. Via U-eDiv Search (non-mandated portal)
  2. On Share Certificate

Via U-eDiv Search

Following the accumulation of unclaimed dividends in Nigeria worth several billions of Naira, the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), launched a portal that contains the full list of unclaimed dividends in Nigeria. It’s called U-eDiv search portal also known as a non-mandated portal.

To use the non-mandated portal to get your shareholder account number, follow this process:

1) Head straight to http://sec.gov.ng/non-mandated/

2) Enter your first and last name and hit the search button

3) Carefully Check the result because there could be similarities in the names, check the company’s name where you bought the share

4) If you found a convincing result, by the left side is your shareholder account number

5) Look at the last column “registrar name”

6) Contact the registrar to get the eMandate form.

Note: If you don’t have CSCS account and Clearing House Number, your stockbroker would guide you on the application process for you to start receiving an electronic dividend straight into your account.

Share Certificate

A share certificate is a legal document issued to shareholders by a company that sold part of its shares to them. In the past, the share certificates were delivered via postal service, but today, they were mailed electronically to investors.

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sample of shareholder account number

The certificate contains the following information:

  • Number of shares
  • Certificate number
  • Name of the company
  • Full name of the shareholder
  • Account number
  • Date of issue
  • Transfer number
  • Signature of company’s representative

If you can locate your share certificate, check the top or middle left side of the certificate to find your number.

Get the eMandate form, fill it and send it to your stockbroker for processing.


So, you can find your shareholder account number in Nigeria using two effective ways 1) on SEC non-mandate portal and 2) on your paper certificate

The number is an identifier to track the details of a shareholder and it’s a prerequisite for claiming your dividend.


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12 thoughts on “2 Ways To Find Your Shareholder Account Number in Nigeria”

  1. Hello, My dad had shares with NORTHERN NIGERIA FF and the registrar name was ATLAS, I wanted to know if the company still exist and if I can still claim the shares.

  2. Good evening, how do I claim my shares and dividend from
    1. First Inland Bank
    2. Oceanic bank
    3. Intercontinental bank
    4. Japaul oil

    • Hello Mr Afolabi,
      Kindly contact their registrars, find them below:

      First Inland Bank:

      In 2012, FinBank merged with First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Cardinal Stone is the registrar of FCMB. You can download, get and electronically fill the e-mandate form from their website at: cardinalstone.com. If you can’t get it, kindly reach out to FCMB to track your shares and claim your unclaimed dividend.

      Oceanic bank:

      Oceanic bank was acquired by Ecobank Transnational Inc, the bank’s shares are managed by Greenwich Registrars. You can find the list of unclaimed dividends on the official website of Greenwich at greenwichregistrars.com

      Intercontinental bank:

      Access bank Plc acquired Intercontinental Bank on January 31, 2012. So, you can track your shares and dividends with registrar for Access Bank. United Securities Limited is the registrar for Access Bank. You can send a mail to Access bank via investorrelations (at) accessbankplc dot com

      Japaul oil

      As for Japaul oil, check with Pace Registrars. The e-Dividend mandate form is available at sec.gov.ng/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/PACE-Registrars-e-DIVIDEND-MANDATE-FORM.pdf ready for download. Fill it and send to info (at) paceregistrars dot com

      I hope this response answered your questions?

  3. Good day,

    I checked for my shareholders number for my Access Holdings shares and did not find it listed. How do I obtain the number?


    • United Securities Limited is their registrar, kindly send an email to Email: info @ unitedsecuritieslimited com

  4. i search using the Sec site. i found my name but there was no account number by the side. Its universal insurance. How do i go about getting the share number

  5. Hello,my dad willed to me his shares in the following companies Wema bank,P.Z & co, Textile Mills Kaduna,R.T. Briscoe,C.F.A.O, and Thomas Wyatt.I will like to know if these companies still exist and if I can still claim the shares as I have a copy of the probate of his will.

    • Hi Abdulrahman,

      Find below registrars for the companies you mentioned and their contact details

      Weman bank:
      Registrars for Wema bank is Greenwich Registrars. For the names of unclaimed dividend, you can send an email to them or check the full list here greenwichregistrars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Wema-Bank-Plc.pdf

      Locate your Dad’s name and send details to them for the transfer of the shares to claim the accumulated dividend. The company has a responsive support.

      First Registrars Nig. Ltd. Email them at info@firstregistrarsnigeria.com to request details.

      Textile Mills Kaduna
      Textile Mills Kaduna shut down operation in 2007. At a time, it reopened. It’s on and off company. So, I’m not sure if shares that were bought several years ago in the company are still active and valid.

      Thomas Wyatt and RT Briscoe
      Meristem Registrars is the registrars for RT Briscoe and Thomas Wyatt.
      You can send inquiry to them at info@meristemregistrars.com

      As for CFAO Nigeria, I don’t currently have enough information about the company’s shares and their registrars.

      I will like to know if these companies still exist?
      All the companies you mentioned still exist except Textile Mills Kaduna that is near moribund

      Can I still claim the shares as I have a copy of the probate of his will
      You can still claim the shares if you have valid documents including the death certificate of your late Dad. It may involve some paper works.
      Send email the registrars, I’m sure you will be guided on how to claim to do share transfer and claim dividends.

      NOTE: Sometimes, companies change their registrars due to acquisition or change in management or a merger etc

  6. I have shares my dad bought on my behalf, but he can’t remember the registrar he used, but the shareholder account details is available, because he wrote them down. So the shares he purchased are FBN, japaul oil, UBA, Eco bank and ibtc equity funds. Is the a way I can access them, I have the account number

    • Hello Amabo,

      Your shares and dividends are intact at the banks and companies where the shares were bought.

      Here is a guide to track your shares and start receiving your dividends:

      (1) First Bank of Nigeria (FBN):

      For FBN, First Registrars Nigeria Limited is the registrar to FBN. You need to fill the E-Dividend form. It is available at: firstregistrarsnigeria.com/docs/e-dividend.pdf
      Alternatively, send email to info @ firstregistrarsnigeria dot com for more information and a complete guide on how to track and start getting your dividend electronically.

      2)Japaul oil:

      Peace Registrars manages Japaul oil shares and dividends. Go to Peace registrars website to download their mandate form and fill.

      Alternatively, send a mail to Peace Registrars at:  info @ paceregistrars dot com
      Please check details on their website: paceregistrars.com

      3) United Bank of Africa (UBA)

      Africa Prudential Registrars Plc is the registrar for UBA. You can donwload the e-dividend mandate form at: ubagroup.com/nigeria/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/10/e-divident-form.pdf

      Send email to: cxc @ africaprudential dot com

      Check them at: africaprudential.com/

      4) Eco bank

      The shares of ECOBank or Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) is managed by its registrar Greenwich Registrars.

      You can find Eco Bank E-mandate form at: greenwichregistrars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/GRDS-e-Mandate-Activation-Form-UPDATED-1.pdf

      Fill the form and send to: info @ gtlregistrars dot com or customercare @ gtlregistrars dot com

      Kindly find details at: greenwichregistrars.com

      5) IBTC equity funds

      We don’t currently have any information about IBTC equity funds. However, you can send an email to MutualFunds @ stanbicibtc dot com for a guide on how to track your investment.

      Let us know if youmore questions

  7. I bought shares from African Petroleum in the year 2009. I had only received dividends once which was in 2009. I do know that the Company’s name had moved from AP to Forte oil and I don’t know the present name.

    However, I could not find name under the non-mandated unclaimed dividend list.

    I have my share certificate which also bears my account number and certificate number.

    Please advise me on what to do.

    • Hi Augusta,

      African Petroleum (AP) changed its name to Forte Oil on December 2010.

      Again, Forte Oil Plc officially announced the changing of its name to Ardova Plc on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (after billionaire Femi Otedola sold his 75% shares in Forte Oil).

      Right now, Veritas Registrars Limited manages everything related to Ardova dividends. Your inquiry should be directed to them.

      In this case, you need to contact them, the company outlines the procedure for claiming an unclaimed dividend.

      Contact details:
      The Registrar, Veritas Registrars Limited (formerly Zenith Registrars Limited), Plot 89A Ajose Adeogun Street P.O. Box 75315, Victoria Island Lagos Tel: 01-2708930 Fax: 01-2704085

      If you are applying for an unclaimed dividend, ensure to attach the original dividend warrants or photocopies of the share certificate to facilitate identification and payment

      You can find details of unclaimed dividends on the registrar’s site: veritasregistrars.com/UnclaimedDividends.aspx

      In case you changed your name as a result of your marriage or your marital status changed, please use the exact name on your share certificate to search for your name on the unclaimed dividend list, the list can be downloaded on veritas site

      And you might need other supporting documents to claim your dividends in case of a name change.

      If you are not in Nigerian anymore, you can send emails to Veritas at:
      enquiry (@) veritasregistrars.com
      customercare (@) veritasregistrars.com

      You can also find these details on veritas site

      If you need more Actionable Info, kindly let us know. We hope this helps.


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