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CBN extends use of old naira notes indefinitely

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Tuesday, announced that the old N200, N500 and N1,000 banknotes will remain legal tender.

The apex bank had introduced the redesign of old naira denominations under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari in October 2022.

But the CBN Director, Corporate Communications, Isa AbdulMumin, in a statement on November 14, 2023, informed the public of the desire extend the legal tender status deadline of the old design of the naira notes, ad infinitum.

The statement reads; “This is in line with international best practices and to forestall a repeat of earlier experiences.

“Thus, all banknotes issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in accordance with Section 20(5) of the CBN Act 2007, will continue to remain legal tender, ad infinitum, even beyond the initial December 31, 2023, deadline.

“The Central Bank of Nigeria is working with the relevant authorities to vacate the subsisting court ruling on the same subject.

“Accordingly, all CBN branches across the country will continue to issue and accept all denominations of Nigerian banknotes, old and redesigned, to and from deposit money banks (DMBS).

“The general public is enjoined to continue to accept all Naira banknotes (old or redesigned) for day-to-day transactions and handle these banknotes with utmost care, to safeguard and protect the lifecycle of the banknotes.

“Also, the general public is encouraged to embrace alternative modes of payment, e-channels, for day-to-day transactions”.