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Old Naira Notes Remains Legal Tender Till Dec 31 – Supreme Court

Friday 3 March 2023

Following a unanimous decision by a seven-member panel of justices, the Supreme Court, on Friday, nullified the ban on use of the old N200, N500 and N1000 banknotes as legal tenders.

The apex court, however held that the old banknotes should remain valid legal tenders until December 31 and that the notes be used alongside the redesigned currencies.

It further faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing the inhumane policy, without consulting with the Council of States, the Federal Executive Council, the Civil Society and other relevant stakeholders.

Also, in the lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the apex court accused President Buhari of disobeying its interim order that halted the full implementation of the new monetary policy.

The judgement also held that the Federal Government’s (FGs) contention that it lacked the original jurisdiction to halt the full implementation of the Naira swap policy that was introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was invalid.

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It also held that contrary to FG’s position, the case the States brought for determination bordered on alleged failure by President Muhammadu Buhari, in the exercise of his Executive powers, to comply with provisions of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

The apex court held that the plaintiffs were not wrong by not joining the CBN as a necessary party to the suit.

It held that the suit qualified as a dispute between FG and the federating states, to which the Supreme Court has exclusive and original jurisdiction to determine.

“It is glaring that the CBN has no power to introduce new Naira if there is not directive by the President. The CBN is an agency of the Federal Government.

“The suit as constituted could be effectively determined without joinder of the CBN.

“In the light of the foregoing, I hold that all the preliminary objections lacked merit and they are accordingly dismissed,” the apex court held.

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via: Information Nigeria

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