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Naira Redesign: Falana asks FG to prosecute Emefiele, CBN management

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CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele

Femi Falana (SAN), a human rights lawyer, has requested that the Federal Government bring charges against suspended CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele and the CBN management for the cash shortage that hit the nation early this year.

In a statement released on Sunday, he asserted that Emefiele and the CBN had misled Nigerians over the availability of cash as a result of the country’s recent currency redesign.

“Having misled Nigerians to believe that sufficient cash was distributed to commercial banks to replace the sum of N3.5 trillion mopped up from customers, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and the entire management of the CBN ought to be prosecuted for incitement and culpable homicide,” he said.

Falana further requests that the CBN provide compensation to the relatives of individuals slain as a result of public provocation and repair the bank buildings that were destroyed by enraged customers after the redesign policy caused a cash crisis.

“In addition, the CBN should rebuild the bank buildings that were destroyed and pay compensation to the families of those who were killed as a result of the incitement of members of the public,” Falana added.

Below is the full statement from the human rights lawyer on the cash disbursement made by the CBN during the Naira redesign policy:

CBN MOPPED UP N3.5 TRILLION BUT DISBURSED N402 BILLION ONLY

In January 2023, the Central Bank of Nigeria claimed that it had supplied the commercial banks in the country with enough cash in line with its currency design policy. The apex bank purportedly directed security agencies to arrest and prosecute bank officials who were accused of sabotaging the new currency policy. Based on the statement, Nigerians trooped to the banks to collect cash. As the cash was insufficient, customers became angry.

The mass anger over the cash crunch provoked customers who burnt bank buildings and destroyed Automated Teller Machines in some states. The violence, paralysed social and economic activities, and claimed not less than five lives while many others were injured. But for the Supreme Court, which extended the deadline for the withdrawal of the old Naira notes up until December 31, 2023, the cash crunch would have made life more unbearable for the Nigerian people.

“Mr. Emefiele had lied and deceived the Nigerian people” Falana said

Convinced that the suspended governor of the Central Bank, Mr. Emefiele had lied and deceived the Nigerian people, we requested information about the actual amount made available to each of the commercial banks. In its belated response to our request, the CBN has now confirmed that it issued redesigned currency notes of N402 billion to the banks.

Having misled Nigerians to believe that sufficient cash was distributed to commercial banks to replace the sum of N3.5 trillion mopped up from customers, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and the entire management of the CBN ought to be prosecuted for incitement and culpable homicide. In addition, the CBN should rebuild the bank buildings that were destroyed and pay compensation to the families of those who were killed as a result of the incitement of members of the public.

 

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