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Banks resume paying Nigerians old N500, N1000 notes after Supreme Court judgement

Banks resume paying Nigerians old N500, N1000 notes after Supreme Court judgement

Following the Supreme Court judgment, which extended the validity of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) currency redesign policy to December, some deposit money banks have started paying out the old notes.

Daily Trust reported 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 anonymously said that 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 could not be ascertained if the CBN had officially issued a bank-wide circular instructing the Deposit money bank to comply.

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