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Supreme Court Orders Old N200, N500, N1,000 Notes To Remain In Circulation Till December


Supreme Court Orders Old N200, N500, N1,000 Notes To Remain In Circulation Till December

The Supreme Court mandated on Friday that old N200, N500, and N1,000 notes continue to be legal tender through December 31, 2023.

The Federal Government’s policy to redesign the naira was also revoked by the Supreme Court, which deemed it to be in violation of the 1999 Constitution.

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The defendants (the Attorney General of the Federation, the states of Bayelsa and Edo), according to Justice Emmanuel Agim, who read the lead judgement, had raised preliminary objections, but the court had the authority to hear the case.

Citing Section 23(2)1 of the constitution, the court held that the dispute between the Federal Government and states must involve law or facts.

The apex court further held that President Muhammadu Buhari in his broadcast admitted that the policy is flawed with a lot of challenges.

The court said the policy has led to some people engaging in trade by barter in this modern age in a bid to survive. The court added that the President’s disobedience of the February 8 order, is a sign of dictatorship.

Sixteen states of the Federation instituted the suit to challenge the legality or otherwise of the introduction of the policy.

The suit initially instituted by Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara states has been slated as the first case on the cause list for a final verdict.

Justice John Inyang Okoro who led a seven-man panel of Justices of the Court had on February 22 fixed today for the court to make its decision known on the suit.

The 16 states led by Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara are praying the apex court to void and set aside the policy on the ground that it is inflicting hardships on innocent Nigerians

They accused the President of usurping the function of the CBN in the introduction and implementation of the policy and asked that the directive issued by Buhari be voided.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and his Kogi State counterpart, Yahaya Bello were in court to witness the judgement on Friday. The two governors were also in court at the last hearing. Also, Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle was in court on Friday.

Also, three State Governors- Kaduna, Zamfara and Kogi have filed another suit against Malami, and the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele over contempt of court and their alleged failure to comply with the Supreme Court order on the old naira notes.

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