Abiodun OBA

Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in the country have been warned to stop bringing mutilated banknotes as part of their deposits with the apex bank.

In a circular issued in Abuja, the Director, Currency Operations Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ahmed Umar, said the warning took effect from April 1.

Composed banknotes or mutilated Naira notes comprise several parts of different banknotes of the same denomination.

The parts of such currency notes are usually put together with the intention of receiving value.

Umar said that the existence of such banknotes in the economy falsified the true value of currency in circulation, and could also be avenue for fraudulent activities.

He said that henceforth, composed banknotes discovered in the deposit of DMBs shall attract a penalty of 400 per cent of the value.

“The management of the CBN observed with concern the increase in the number of composed banknotes deposited by DMBs and request for replacement of such banknotes by members of the public.

“The existence of composed banknotes in the economy falsifies the true value of currency in circulation, and can also be avenue for fraudulent activities.

“Consequently, any composed banknote discovered in the deposit of DMBs shall attract penalty of 400 per cent of the value,” he said.

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