Beware Of Fake Banknotes In Circulation – CBN Alerts Nigerians

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a cautionary message to Nigerians regarding the presence of counterfeit naira notes in circulation.

In a statement released on Friday, the apex bank advised Deposit Money Banks, Financial Houses, Bureau de Change, and the general public to exercise vigilance and take necessary precautions.

While assuring the public, the CBN stated that it is collaborating with law enforcement agencies to apprehend the individuals behind the distribution of counterfeit currency.

Furthermore, the CBN urged the public to adopt alternative payment methods for their daily transactions as a means to minimize the risk of counterfeit banknotes being circulated.

The statement read in part, “The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been drawn to the circulation of counterfeit banknotes, significantly higher denominations, by some individuals for transactions in food markets and other commercial centers across major cities in the country.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Section 20(4) of the CBN Act (2007) as amended, states that: “It shall be an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment of not less than five years for any person to falsify, make or counterfeit any bank note or coin issued by the Bank which is legal tender in Nigeria.”

“The CBN is constantly collaborating with relevant security and financial agencies to confiscate fake Naira banknotes and arrest and prosecute counterfeiters.

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“Members of the public are also encouraged to report anyone suspected of having counterfeit naira notes to the nearest police station or branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“Meanwhile, all Deposit Money Banks, Financial Houses and Bureau de Change and the general public are enjoined to be more vigilant and take all necessary precautionary measures to curtail the acceptance and distribution of counterfeit notes.

“Furthermore, the general public is encouraged to embrace alternative modes of payment, echannels, for day-to-day transactions to mitigate the risk of spreading counterfeit banknotes.”

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