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Say Goodbye to Old Naira Notes: CBN Issues Strong Warning to Banks and Nigerians

CBN declares old Naira notes of N200, N500, and N1000 are no longer legal tender in Nigeria.



CBN declares old Naira notes of N200, N500, and N1000 are no longer legal tender in Nigeria.

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Nigeria is a country located in West Africa, with a population of over 200 million people. The country is known for its diverse culture and rich history, as well as its vast natural resources. The official currency of Nigeria is the Naira, which is managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The Naira was introduced in Nigeria in 1973 to replace the Nigerian Pound. Over the years, the currency has undergone several changes and denominations, with the most recent being the redesign of the Naira Notes of N200, N500, and N1000 in 2022. The redesign aimed to enhance the security features of the Naira, making it difficult to counterfeit.

The CBN is responsible for managing the supply and circulation of the Naira, as well as maintaining the value of the currency. In recent years, the CBN has taken various measures to stabilize the value of the Naira, including the implementation of various monetary policies. One of such policies is the Multiple Exchange Rate System, which was introduced in 2017 to promote forex liquidity and make forex more accessible to small and medium enterprises.

In addition to managing the Naira, the CBN is also responsible for regulating the banking sector in Nigeria. The bank supervises the activities of commercial banks, microfinance banks, and other financial institutions in the country to ensure that they operate in compliance with the set regulations.

The CBN has also taken various steps to promote financial inclusion in Nigeria, with the aim of ensuring that more Nigerians have access to financial services. This includes the implementation of the Cashless Policy, which is aimed at reducing the amount of physical cash in circulation, and the introduction of mobile banking, which allows customers to carry out banking transactions using their mobile devices.

Despite the efforts of the CBN to stabilize the value of the Naira and promote financial inclusion, the country still faces some challenges. One of the major challenges is inflation, which has remained high in recent years. This has made it difficult for many Nigerians to afford basic goods and services, and has also affected the value of the Naira.

Old Naira Notes

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that the old Naira notes of N200, N500, and N1000 are no longer legal tender in Nigeria as of February 10th, 2023. This report will cover the details of this announcement, the reasons behind it, and the necessary steps for Nigerians and banks to comply with the new directive.

The CBN has been receiving numerous questions from the general public about the operational guidelines for the old currency notes. In response to this, the Branch Controller of the CBN in Bauchi, Haladu Idris Andaza, clarified that the CBN is ready to receive the old notes based on certain conditions and criteria.


Customers are now required to deposit the old notes at the offices of the CBN in all the 36 states in the Federation, including FCT, as they can no longer deposit them at commercial banks. To deposit the old notes, customers need to go to the CBN portal and fill out a form, which includes basic information about themselves, their account details, and the amount they want to deposit. After filling out the form, they will generate a code, which they will either print or keep on their mobile device to give to the CBN.


This new directive means that individuals and businesses holding on to the old Naira notes must exchange them for the new notes to avoid losing their value. The CBN has warned that anyone caught circulating the old notes after the deadline will face the full wrath of the law. The CBN’s decision to withdraw the old notes from circulation is aimed at addressing the issue of counterfeiting, which has been on the rise in recent years.


The CBN’s announcement that the old Naira notes of N200, N500, and N1000 are no longer legal tender in Nigeria highlights the importance of staying up-to-date with the country’s currency regulations. Customers and banks are urged to comply with this new directive to avoid any legal repercussions. The CBN has provided a simple and straightforward process for exchanging the old notes for new ones, making the transition as smooth as possible.

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