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A long queue for cash in Kano, northwest Nigeria on 8 February

Individuals had been pictured in lengthy queues in Kano, north-west Nigeria on 8 February

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Indignant protests have damaged out in some Nigerian cities and cities as individuals battle to pay money for new banknotes.

Frustration has been constructing for weeks after a scarcity of the newly designed naira notes led to an absence of money.

Some prospects in southern Nigeria’s Warri and Benin Metropolis reportedly set fireplace to 2 industrial banks.

Nigerians have confronted lengthy queues at money machines with some sleeping exterior banks to try to be first in line to get some cash.

Individuals say they’ve been pressured to skip meals and work with out money to pay for meals or transport to their jobs.

The Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN) mentioned it redesigned the upper denomination notes – 200, 500 and 1,000 naira – to exchange the soiled money in circulation, sort out inflation, curb counterfeiting and promote a cashless society.

Nigerians had been advised final October concerning the change and had been inspired to deposit any money financial savings within the financial institution.

However not sufficient of the brand new notes have been launched in a rustic the place money continues to be broadly used. An estimated 40% of the inhabitants should not have entry to financial institution accounts.

Protesters in Ibadan blocked roads whereas crowds have attacked Central Financial institution workplaces and different industrial banks in anger at not with the ability to withdraw their financial savings. Footage gathered by BBC Yoruba and circulating over social media reveals protesters expressing their frustrations.

It comes simply 10 days earlier than elections within the nation – President Muhammadu Buhari is dealing with calls to take motion to keep away from shedding votes for the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The financial institution had issued a ten February deadline for the outdated notes to stop being authorized tender, however the Supreme Courtroom stopped it because of a authorized problem from 10 states.

The case was attributable to resume on Wednesday however has been delayed till subsequent week, simply three days earlier than the elections.

Extra reporting by Megan Fisher

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