This is still not jiving, there are ways he can still get that money sent to him. Inactive would be a dormant account for 5 to 7 years.
Please see the following u.s. government lnk: http://www.helpwithmybank.gov/faqs/banking_inactive.html
in Missouri, a bank is inactive if there is no activity or it is dormant for a period of 2 years.
However a bank in MO can declare it inactive if there has been no transactions or failure to pay a fee for a period of 90 days. THEN in this circumstance he would have to contact them personally to process transactions.
I am wondering why he can not talk to a bank office on the phone and clear up any issues with his bank account.
The reason I am skepticalk about his circumstances is that he is in Nigeria. Nigeria has a very high fraud rate especially with three kinds of fraud:
1. Relationship fraud (even wiht nigerian born naturalizes u.s. citizens)
2. travel fraud: where people in NIgeria impersonating government officials and requireing special travel funds or health certificate forms, etc to let them leave the country. (there is no such thing, and if he traveled on a two way ticket, he simplyl needs to get his passport and go to the airport.)
3. Advanced fee frauds involving bank deposits and wire transfers. MOney deposited to a bank in response to a fraud letter would be closed down if the money instrument underlying the deposit proved to later be fraudulent or forgered or stolen.
As soon as I heare someone is stuck in Nigeria, It is a 75 to 85% chance it is associated with some kind of fraud on either the travelor or the persons back in the U.S.
In these circumstances I would advise that:
1. You personally contact the U.S. Embassy Citizen Serivces with information on your boyfriend with the details of how he came to be stranded; and ask if there is a way you can get him home. It is unusual that the U.S. Embassy Citizen Services would not be able to help a U.S. Citizen in this sitution. BUT sometimes, they need contact from a person back home. The phone numbers and email addresses are listed here: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/consular_services.html
2. contact the Amrican Red Cross as I have suggested, but only after you have personally given the U.s. Embassy A chance to react. http://www.redcross.org/where/chapts.asp