The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), will impose a penalty of N400 on deposit money banks (DMBs) for every mutilated N100 sent to the apex bank. The penalty took effect from April 1.
The CBN, in a circular issued by the director of Currency Operations, Ahmed Umar, the apex bank warned DMBs to stop bringing “composed banknotes ” as part of their deposits with the apex bank.
Composed banknotes are mutilated currency notes comprising several parts of different banknotes of the same denomination.
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 number of composed banknotes deposited by DMBs and request for replacement of such banknotes by members of the public.