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Thursday, 30 November 2023 06:06

CBN gives new order to commercial banks over old and redesigned Naira Notes

For the umpteenth time, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Wednesday directed all banks across the country to continue to issue and accept both the old and redesigned naira notes, declaring that both monies remain legal tender in Nigeria.

A statement by the Acting Director, Corporate Communi­cations, Mrs. Sidi Ali Hakama, which was issued to journalists on Wednesday, noted that the Supreme Court on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, granted the prayer of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation to extend the use of old naira banknotes ad infinitum.

The statement reads in parts: “Following the order of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, granting the prayer of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Fed­eration to extend the use of old naira banknotes ad infinitum, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed all its branches to continue to issue and accept all denominations of Nigerian banknotes, old and re-designed, to and from deposit money banks (DMBs).

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Supreme Court ordered that the old versions of N200, N500, and N1000 banknotes shall con­tinue to be legal tender, alongside the re-designed versions.

“Accordingly, in line with Sec­tion 20(5) of the CBN Act 2007, all banknotes issued by the Cen­tral Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will continue to remain legal tender, indefinitely.

“Members of the public are enjoined to continue to accept all naira banknotes (old or re­designed) for their day-to-day transactions and handle these banknotes with the utmost care, to safeguard and protect the life­cycle of the banknotes.

“Furthermore, the general public is encouraged to embrace alternative modes of payment, e-channels, in order to reduce pres­sure on the use of physical cash”.

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