SWIFT Codes for Nigerian Banks

Last Updated on February 2, 2021 by Ope Quadri

SWIFT code is an international bank code that identifies particular banks worldwide used to send money to overseas banks. A SWIFT code consists of 8 or 11 characters; it’s also used as medium of communication between banks within and outside the country.

SWIFT code is also known as a Bank Identifier Code (BIC).

You’ll need to give this code to anyone sending money to you from overseas. The code is made up of letters and numbers.

If you’re sending money to someone overseas you’ll need to get the recipients SWIFT in order to do the transfer.

SWIFT codes and BIC codes are the same thing and the terms are interchangeable. Other terms used by banks overseas include:

  • CHIPS (Clearing House Inter-Bank Payment System) – US and Canada only
  • NCC (National Clearing Code)
  • BSC (Bank Sort Code)
  • IFSC (Indian Financial System Code).

Please note: when entering a SWIFT in NetBank do not enter spaces, hyphens or special characters.

“Banks also used the codes for exchanging other messages between them.”

First 4 characters – bank code (only letters)

Next 2 characters – ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code (only letters)

Next 2 characters – location code (letters and digits) (passive participant will have “1” in the second character)

Last 3 characters – branch code, optional (‘XXX’ for primary office) (letters and digits)

Below are the SWIFT codes for all banks in Nigeria.

According to the SWIFT codes these are only the active Nigerian banks that are connected to SWIFT network. The passive participant’s codes are excluded from the list.

ACCESS BANK PLC LAGOS ABNGNGLA
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC BENIN CITY (BENIN BRANCH) UNAFNGLA044
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC BENIN CITY (UGBOWO BRANCH) UNAFNGLA117
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC BAUCHI (BAUCHI BRANCH) UNAFNGLA030
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC AWKA (AWKA BRANCH) UNAFNGLA164
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC ASABA (ASABA BRANCH) UNAFNGLA175
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC AKURE (AKURE BRANCH) UNAFNGLA056
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC ABUJA (NICON NOGA BRANCH) UNAFNGLA215
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC ABUJA (ABUJA BRANCH) UNAFNGLA114
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC ABEOKUTA (ABEOKUTA BRANCH) UNAFNGLA055
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC ABA (EZIUKWU BRANCH) UNAFNGLA223
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC ABA (ABA/OWERRI RD. BRANCH) UNAFNGLA171
AFRICAN EXPORT-IMPORT BANK ABUJA AFXMNGLA
ASSET MANAGEMENT CORPORATION OF NIGERIA ABUJA AMNGNGLA
BANK OF INDUSTRY FINANCIAL DEPARTMENT LAGOS BOIYNGLA
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA LAGOS CBNINGLA
CENTRAL SECURITIES CLEARING SYSTEM PLC LAGOS CSCYNGLA
CITIBANK NIGERIA LIMITED LAGOS (TRADE SERVICES DEPARTMENT) CITINGLATRD
CITIBANK NIGERIA LIMITED LAGOS CITINGLA
CORONATION MERCHANT BANK LIMITED LAGOS ADHLNGLA
DIAMOND BANK PLC LAGOS DBLNNGLA
ECOBANK NIGERIA LIMITED LAGOS%3
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