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Nigeria’s consumer protection agency orders Google to remove money leading companies from app store

The Federal Competition and Consumer Agency has ordered Google Play Store to pull down four money lending companies for “escalating unethical, obnoxious and unscrupulously exploitative practices in the industry.”

The affected companies are Maxi Credit, ChaCha, Here4U and SoftPay, a statement signed by Babatunde Irukera, the commission’s Chief Executive Officer said.

Mr Irukera gave the order during an enforcement operation in Ikeja area of Lagos on Thursday.

He had in March led a similar operation to tackle “possible violation” of consumer rights where at least seven loan companies including Soko Loan were raided.


The commission’s boss said that some lending companies including Soko Loan who have been subject of investigation “have devised methods to leverage on technology and other financial services alternatives to circumvent account freezing and app suspension Orders.

“With the operations today, the Commission expects appreciable additional reduction in these unacceptable practices.”

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“The Commission has entered further orders to Google Play Store to draw down the following apps which were discovered to be created and operating as a circumvention of existing investigative interventions; Maxi Credit, Here4U, ChaCha and SoftPay,” the statement reads.

“For apps not on the Play Store, the Commission continues to trace what platforms they are hosted on in order to disable them; the Commission invites any information from the…

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