BREAKING: Again CBN reverses self, orders banks to collect old N500, N1,000 notes

The Central Bank of Nigeria has ordered banks to start collecting the old N500 and N1,000 notes from the public with immediate effect.

It, however, pegged the maximum amount the banks can collect at N500,000.

The CBN maintained that the old currencies were no more legal tender.

A source from the bank said the CBN, in a report of The Punch, ordered the banks to collect the monies instead of going to the CBN office following difficulties encountered in getting access to the bank.

A CBN official said, “Go to your bank but fill out the form before you go. Go with the reference code you generate. With your code, banks will collect it from you. But if it is more than 500,000, you will go to the CBN and deposit it,” the report noted.

Recall that the CBN had earlier opened a portal on its website and made it mandatory for those willing to return old notes to fill and generate a code.

The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, also on On Thursday, February 16, 2023, ordered the banks to make the old N200 notes available to Nigerians.

This was after President Buhari had in a baton-wide broadcast, announced that the old N200 note would be legal tender till April 10, 2023, while urging Nigerians to deposit their old N500 and 1000 notes with the CBN. 

However, protests which had been rocking different states over the scarcity of the new naira notes made the CBN order banks to collect higher denominations after meeting with banks’ leaders.

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