CBN reportedly directs banks to collect old N500, N1,000 notes


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has designated commercial banks to assist in the collection of the old N500 and N1,000 notes from members of the public.


Commercial banks are only allowed to accept a maximum deposit N500,000 from each customer, CBN said.


TheCable reports that Osita Nwanisobi, director of the apex bank’s corporate communications department, confirmed the development to them on Friday.


“It’s just for amounts N500,000 and below,” he said.


With the development, banks are only acting as CBN designated agents in redeeming the old notes — N500 and N1,000 — which have “since ceased to be legal tender”.


Customers can only deposit the maximum sum of N500,000 and this will be done not more than once by that customer. Any deposit above the stipulated maximum amount must be made at the CBN.


In addition, any person who attempts to deposit more than once will be denied that opportunity after the first and only deposit.


The CBN had on Wednesday opened a portal on its website to enable Nigerians who could not take their old notes to commercial banks within the stipulated deadline to redeem (or deposit) them by completing an online form on the platform.


TheCable quoting a source from the United Bank for Africa (UBA) also said that the apex bank ordered the banks to commence the acceptance of the deposit of the old N1, 000 and N500 notes from customers upon the presentation of the completed printed copies of the form on the CBN portal.


The source also said such customers would be given immediate credit.


“The maximum that we can receive from a customer between now and 10th of April is a maximum of N500,000 and the customer can only deposit once within this period,” the source said.


 “Our branches will be opened on Saturdays to accept such deposits and also pay customers (subject to availability of cash).”

Banks like UBA and First bank had already sent mails to their customers confirming the news

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  1. We are not taking our old naira note ( #500,#1000) to any bank. CBN should circulate enough new naira note

  2. Ifetoye Bamidele AjayiFebruary 17, 2023 at 5:20 PM

    Collecting is not our problem, the fact still remains that if banks refuses to be giving us our money we will not rest

  3. Salau Kazeem BabatundeFebruary 17, 2023 at 5:20 PM

    Let Buari address is and say go ahead first because am tired of this different information

  4. CBN have spoken..... Waiting for the president to say his own....

  5. Funny country
    Chaiiii My DNA is not here ooo

  6. Confused set of leaders

  7. Many banks are not still collecting

  8. We are not taking our old naira note ( #500,#1000) to any bank. CBN should circulate enough new naira note

  9. In Benue here, in otukpo LG no one is accepting the old 500 &1,000 and the new naira notes is no where to be found, even the banks. this is just a distraction for we youth.oh God come to our aid.

  10. CBN is tired... confused entity


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