From Uche Usim, Abuja
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Saturday urged the public to discard a fake circular trending on social media that suggests it has ordered domiciliary account holders to convert their foreign currencies to naira.
The Bank has threatened to sanction individual and corporate bodies cloning its logo to deceive the public.
CBN spokesman Mr Osita Nwanisobi, in a statement, said that the circular in circulation, with a fake CBN logo and curiously dated ’13 September 2021′, purportedly issued by its Trade and Exchange Department was nothing but a tissue of lies.
According to him, there was no truth in the fake CBN circular which purportedly directed Deposit Money Banks, International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) and members of the public to convert domiciliary account holdings into naira.
‘We wish to reiterate that the Bank has not contemplated, and will never contemplate, any such line of action. The speculation is a completely false narrative aimed at triggering panic in the foreign exchange market,’ he said.
It will be recalled that the Bank had previously assured members of the public that there was no plan whatsoever to convert the foreign exchange in the domiciliary accounts of customers into Naira in order to check the purported shortage of availability of the United States dollars.
‘Operators of domiciliary accounts and other members of the banking public are therefore advised to completely disregard these fictitious documents and malicious rumours, and go about their legitimate foreign exchange transactions, as we have no doubt that these rumours are only aimed at impugning the integrity of the CBN and activating chaos in the system.
‘The public should note that any circular issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is posted on its website (www.cbn.gov.ng) for the attention of the general public.
‘We also wish to warn corporate bodies and members of the public against the unauthorised use of the Bank’s logo for any purpose whatsoever. We have drawn the attention of appropriate authorities to this and culprits will be sanctioned accordingly,’ Nwanisobi explained.