The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disclosed its collaboration with Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and the Nigeria Police Force to prosecute Naira abusers.
CBN said, the move has become necessary because of the activities of persons, who flagrantly abuse the legal tender by hurling wads of Naira notes in the air and stamping on the currency at social functions.
TheFact Nigeria gathered that naira was grossly abused during the burial ceremony of Obi Cubana’s Mother in Oba, Anambra State. It also gathered that naira is abused every day in Nigerian markets.
The apex bank noted that, there were also cases where people mishandle the Naira, deface it, hawk the currency at parties and reject the currency in some instances.
Ag. Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, Osita Nwanisobi in a statement said, it should be stated that, contrary to the practice of these unpatriotic persons, it is neither cultural nor moral, for people to disrespect the currency which citizens trade in.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Section 21(3) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act 2007 (As amended) stipulates that “spraying of, dancing or matching on the Naira or any note issued by the Bank during social occasions or otherwise howsoever shall constitute an abuse and defacing of the Naira or such note and shall be punishable under the law by fines or imprisonment or both.”
“Accordingly, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is collaborating with the Nigeria Police, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to address the unpatriotic practice.
“We therefore warn Nigerians, particularly those at social functions such as birthdays, weddings and funerals, to desist from disrespecting the Naira or risk being arrested by law enforcement agencies.
“The Naira is our legal tender and symbol of national pride. Let us respect it and handle it with care”, the statement said.