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High volume withdrawals causing cash scarcity in some locations – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has declared as untrue stories of scarcity of cash in some parts of the country which have thrown Nigerians into panic.

The CBN in a statement by its spokesman, Isa AbdulMumin, said the seeming scarcity was caused by several withdrawals by commercial banks from the apex Bank branches and panic withdrawals from Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) by Nigerians.

The apex Bank further assured Nigerians that it has enough stock of currency notes for economic activities.

“The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been drawn to reports of alleged scarcity of cash at banks, automated teller machines (ATMs), Points of Sale and among Bureaux de Change (BDCs) in some major cities across the country.

“Our findings reveal that the seeming cash scarcity in some locations is due largely to high volume withdrawals from the CBN branches by Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and panic withdrawals by customers from the ATMs.

“While we note the concerns of Nigerians on the availability of cash for financial transactions, we wish to assure the public that there is sufficient stock of currency notes for economic activities in the country.

“The branches of the CBN across the country are also working to ensure the seamless circulation of cash in their respective states of operation. Members of the public are, therefore, advised to guard against panic withdrawals as there is sufficient stock to facilitate economic activities.

Nigerians are also advised to embrace alternative modes of payment, which would reduce pressure on using physical cash.”


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