Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Reps Threatens Emefiele’s Arrest, Rejects Naira Swap Extension

The 10 day extension offered by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the exchange of the outdated N200, N500, and N1,000 banknotes has been rejected by the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on the redesign of three naira notes.

Alhassan Ado Doguwa, the majority leader of the house and chairman of the committee, said in a statement that the legislators would move forward and sign an arrest warrant to compel CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele to appear before the committee.

He asserts that the new naira redesign policy has the potential to scuttle the upcoming general elections in 2023.

Recall that many Nigerians have complained about inability to access the newly redesigned notes. The CBN had initially placed the deadline for the exchange of the old Naira notes for the new ones on January 31st . However, following the series of complains from Nigerians, the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, in a statement released on Sunday, January 29, announced that the deadline had been extended to February 10.

In its immediate reaction, the House of Representatives committee chaired by Doguwa rejected the extension, insisting that the CBN must comply with sections 20 sub 3, 4, and 5 of the CBN Act.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“The 10-day extension for the exchange of the old naira notes is not the solution: We as a legislative committee with a constitutional mandate of the house, would only accept clear compliance with section 20 sub 3, 4, and 5 of the CBN act and nothing more.

Nigeria as a developing economy and a nascent democracy must respect the principle of the rule of law. And the House would go ahead to sign arrest warrant to compel the CBN Governor to appear before the adhoc committee.”

Doguwa said under his chairmanship, the committee would continue its work until it gets the demands of Nigerians addressed in accordance with the laws of the land.

He described the extension as a mere political gimmick to further deceive Nigerians and worsen their economic and social livelihood, insisting that the CBN governor must appear before or stand the risk of being arrested on the strength of legislative writs signed earlier by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.

He also said the policy is capable of frustrating the forthcoming general elections.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“Security agencies and their operations especially at the states level are generally funded through cash advances and direct table payments of allowances to operatives during elections,” he said.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has confirmed the...


Commercial banks are required by the Central Bank of Nigeria to accept and disburse old naira notes as legal money everywhere in the nation....


According to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), it never sent a new instruction to commercial banks directing them to abide with last Friday’s...


The controversial Naira scarcity continues to take a toll on citizens across the country, including students. The redesign policy of the Central Bank of...


Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.