Banks Begin Circulation of Old N500, N1000 Notes in Abuja

Some Nigeria banks have began recirculation of old naira note (N500, N1000).

This is following the Supreme Court judgment, which extended the validity of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) currency redesign policy to December.

According to a national dailies, Daily Trust showed that some commercial banks in the City of Kano and Abuja have commenced paying out the old N500 and N1000 notes.

While some branches of Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) issued out old notes, some others like Polaris bank in Abuja had not commenced as of the time this report was filed.

A member of staff who spoke to newsmen said only the old N200 notes were still being issued, “as we do not have any new directive on what to do yet.”

Sources at GTB said they received a directive from their management to begin paying old notes in their vault.

The problem is that taking the old notes from customers will require the CBN form as we don’t have any directive in that regard,” the source said.

As of the time of this report, it has not been ascertained if the CBN had officially issued a bank-wide circular instructing the Deposit money bank to comply.

Meanwhile, economic experts have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, to obey the judgment on the validity of the old naira notes.

An economist, Paul Alake, had said there needs to be more clarity on how the old N500 and N1000 notes return into circulation.

He said the judgment would not be impactful if the old Notes were not released by the CBN back into the banking system.

If the money is not released in the financial sector by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the judgment may not have any effect.”

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