SWIFT Code of All Nigerian Banks

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In this post we are going to be listing the SWIFT code of all Nigerian banks. We are also going to be showing you how SWIFT codes are generated and the application of SWIFT codes.

You might have come across a section several times when filling a bank transfer form where you have to input the SWIFT code of the bank. Some times you begin to wonder how you can get the correct SWIFT code of your bank as you wouldn’t want any wrong info to disrupt your transaction.

To get the sort code of any bank in Nigeria see this post “List of  The Sort Codes of All Banks in Nigeria“.

What Is SWIFT Code?

SWIFT code is a unique standard format to identify a particular bank or financial institution. SWIFT code is also commonly called BIC which stand for business identifier code.

The acronym SWIFT stands for “Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication”.

The terms SWIFT codes and BIC codes are terms that are usually use interchangeably. Other terms used by banks overseas include:

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

How SWIFT Codes Are Formed

SWIFT codes are either 8 or 11 characters long. When the 8-digits code is given, it refers to the primary or head office of the bank or financial institution but if its the 11-digits code that is given it refers to the specific branch.

The SWIFT code is formatted as shown below;

  • The first 4 characters represent the bank code (only letters)
  • The next 2 characters represent the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code (only letters)
  • The next 2 characters represent the location code (letters and digits)
  • The last 3 characters represent the branch code (this is optional).
    Note that for most transactions you can use the 8-digits swift code which is the swift code for the primary or head office.

List Of The SWIFT Codes Of All The Banks In Nigeria

This table list the SWIFT code for all the banks in Nigeria. You can check the correct SWIFT code for your bank.
BankSWIFT Code
ACCESS BANKABNGNGLA
BANK PHBPLNINGLA
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIACBNINGLA
CITI BANKCITINGLA
DIAMOND BANKDBLNNGLA
ECOBANKECOCNGLA
EQUITORIAL TRUST BANKEQUTNGLA
FIDELITY BANKFIDTNGLA
FIRST BANKFBNINGLA
FIRST CITY MONUMENT BANK (FCMB)FCMBNGLA
GUARANTY TRUST BANK (GTB)GTBINGLA
HERITAGE BANKHBCLNGLA
JAIZ BANKJAIZNGLA
KEYSTONE BANKPLNINGLA
SKYE BANKPRDTNGLA
STANBIC IBTCSBICNGLX
STANDARD CHARTERED BANKSCBLNGLA
STERLING BANKNAMENGLA
UNION BANKUBNINGLA
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA (UBA)UNAFNGLA
UNITY BANKICITNGLA
WEMA BANKWEMANGLA
ZENITH BANKZEIBNGLA

Difference Between Bank Sort Code And SWIFT Code

Although both SWIFT and sort code are use to identify a bank, their difference lies primarily in their usage. While SWIFT code is use mostly to identify a bank’s primary or head office in international transactions, sort code is use primarily to identify a specific bank branch in local transactions.

Also, SWIFT codes are typically 8 or 11 characters long and are alphanumeric; that is it can contain both numbers and letters. In contrast, sort codes are 6 characters long and strictly contain numbers only.

In summary the differences between SWIFT code and sort code are outlined below;

  1. SWIFT codes are used globally for international transfers while Sort codes are used only locally for transfers within the country.
  2. SWIFT codes are typically 8 or 11 characters long while sort codes are 6 characters long.
  3. SWIFT codes are alphanumeric while sort codes are purely numeric.

Access Bank SWIFT Code

Below is the correct SWIFT code of Access Bank Nigeria and some other information about the bank you will find very useful;

  • Bank name: Access Bank Nigeria.
  • Access Bank SWIFT BIC / SWIFT code: ABNGNGLA
  • Headquarters: Victoria Island, Lagos
  • Founded: 1989
  • Official website: acessbankplc.com

Central Bank Of Nigeria SWIFT Code

Below is the correct SWIFT code of Central Bank of Nigeria and some other information about the bank you will find very useful;

  • Bank name: Central Bank of Nigeria.
  • CBN SWIFT BIC / SWIFT code: CBNINGLA
  • Headquarters: Abuja
  • Founded: 1958
  • Official website: cbn.gov.ng

EcoBank SWIFT Code

Below is the correct SWIFT code of EcoBank Nigeria and some other information about the bank you will find very useful;

  • Bank name: Ecobank Nigeria Plc.
  • ECOBANK SWIFT BIC / SWIFT code: ECOCNGLA
  • Headquarters: Lagos
  • Founded: 1989
  • Official website: ecobank.com

Fidelity Bank SWIFT Code

Below is the correct SWIFT code of Fidelity Bank Nigeria and some other information about the bank you will find very useful;

  • Bank name: Fidelity Bank Plc.
  • Fidelity Bank SWIFT BIC / SWIFT code: FIDTNGLA
  • Headquarters: Lagos
  • Founded: 1988
  • Official website: fidelitybank.ng

First Bank SWIFT Code

Below is the correct SWIFT code of First Bank Nigeria and some other information about the bank you will find very useful;

  • Bank name: First Bank Nigeria Plc.
  • FBN SWIFT BIC / SWIFT code: FBNINGLA
  • Headquarters: Lagos
  • Founded: 1894
  • Official website: firstbanknigeria.com

First City Monument Bank SWIFT Code

Below is the correct SWIFT code of FCMB Nigeria and some other information about the bank you will find very useful;

  • Bank name: First City Monument Bank Plc.
  • FCMB SWIFT BIC / SWIFT code: FCMBNGLA
  • Headquarters: Lagos
  • Founded: 20 April 1982
  • Official website: fcmb.com

GT Bank SWIFT Code

Below is the correct SWIFT code of Guaranty Trust Bank Nigeria (GTB) and some other information about the bank you will find very useful;

  • Bank name: Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.
  • GTB SWIFT BIC / SWIFT code: GTBINGLA
  • Headquarters: 635 Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
  • Founded: 17 January 1990
  • Official website: gtbank.com

Union Bank SWIFT Code

Below is the correct SWIFT code of Union Bank Nigeria and some other information about the bank you will find very useful;

  • Bank name: Union Bank Plc.
  • Union Bank SWIFT BIC / SWIFT code: UBNINGLA
  • Headquarters: Lagos
  • Founded: 1917
  • Official website: unionbanking.com

UBA Bank SWIFT Code

Below is the correct SWIFT code of United Bank for Africa Nigeria and some other information about the bank you will find very useful;

  • Bank name: United Bank for Africa Plc.
  • UBA SWIFT BIC / SWIFT code: UNAFNGLA
  • Headquarters: Lagos
  • Founded: 1948
  • Official website: ubagroup.com

Zenith Bank SWIFT Code

Below is the correct SWIFT code of Zenith Bank Nigeria and some other information about the bank you will find very useful;

  • Bank name: Zenith Bank Plc.
  • Zenith Bank SWIFT BIC / SWIFT code: ZEIBNGLA
  • Headquarters: Lagos
  • Founded: May 1990
  • Official website: zenithbank.com

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