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As a business owner in Nigeria, it is important to understand the legal requirements for operating in the country. One of these requirements is registering with the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML). In this article, we will explain what SCUML registration is, why it is important, and the steps you need to take to register your business.

SCUML is an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) unit in charge of monitoring and preventing money laundering and other financial crimes relating to the activities of Designated Non-Financial Institutions (DNFIs) in Nigeria. Designated Non-Financial Institutions (DNFIs) are defined by Section 25 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act to include dealers in estate development, real estate, estate surveyors, estate valuers, estate agents, jewelry, precious stones and metals, cars, and luxury goods; Chartered Accountants, Audit Firms, Tax Consultants, Clearing and Settlement Companies, Hotels, Casinos, Supermarkets, Dealers in Mechanized Farming Equipment and Machineries, Practitioners of Mechanized Farming, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); or such other businesses as the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment or appropriate regulatory authorities may from time to time designate.

In order to operate legally in Nigeria, businesses that are DNFIs must register with SCUML and comply with the regulations.

Why is SCUML registration important?

SCUML registration is important for several reasons. Firstly, it is a legal requirement for businesses that are DNFIs operating in Nigeria. Failure to register with SCUML can result in fines and penalties. Also, any DNFI that fails to register with SCUML may be ineligible to maintain bank accounts in Nigeria.

In addition, SCUML registration helps protect your business from being used for money laundering or other financial crimes. By implementing internal controls and reporting suspicious activities, businesses can prevent themselves from being used as a conduit for illegal activities.

Furthermore, SCUML registration can also benefit your business in the long run. By demonstrating compliance with anti-money laundering regulations, your business can gain credibility and trust from customers, partners, and other stakeholders. This can lead to increased business opportunities and partnerships.

Steps to register with SCUML

  1. Fill out the SCUML registration form. This can be done on the SCUML website or at an EFCC office. The form will require information about your business, including the company’s name, registration number, and names of beneficial owners, among others.
  2. Submit the registration form along with the required documents. These may include the company registration documents, tax identification number certificate, among others.
  3. Once the registration is approved, you will receive a certificate of registration.

In conclusion, SCUML registration is an important legal requirement for businesses designated as non-financial institutions operating in Nigeria. By registering with SCUML and complying with the regulations, such businesses gain credibility and trust from customers, partners, and other stakeholders, among other benefits of registration. If you need any legal assistance in registering your business with SCUML, don’t hesitate to contact Aekley Solicitors, we are here to help.


Protecting your business interests as a foreign investor in Nigeria is vital to guaranteeing the long-term viability and profitability of your investment. Still, it can be hard to figure out Nigeria’s legal system and understand the many laws and rules that apply to foreign-owned businesses.

Before making investments, one of the most crucial things you can do to protect your business in Nigeria is to conduct comprehensive due diligence. This means doing research on the local market, understanding the laws and rules, and carefully looking over any agreements or contracts you might sign.

Obtaining the advice of experienced legal professionals who can assist you in navigating the Nigerian legal system and ensuring that your business complies with all relevant laws and regulations is another crucial step. At Aekley Solicitors, we have a team of experienced practitioners that specialize in advising foreign investors in Nigeria and can offer you the necessary guidance and support to safeguard your business interests.

In addition to conducting due diligence and seeking legal advice, you can take a number of extra precautions to protect your business in Nigeria. These consist of:

• Creating a strong local presence: Having a physical presence in Nigeria, like an office or factory, can help build trust with local partners and customers and strengthen relationships with them.

• Build a strong network. Talking to other foreign investors, local business leaders, and government agencies and officials can help you stay up to date on the latest market trends and find new opportunities.

• Your intellectual property is protected by Nigerian law. It is essential to preserve the trademarks, patents, and other intellectual property of your organization.

Foreign investors in Nigeria confront unique challenges and opportunities, and Aekley Solicitors is committed to providing the guidance and support you need to navigate the legal landscape and safeguard your business interests. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you protect your business in Nigeria.