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Nigeria plans to issue redesigned 200-, 500- and 1,000-naira notes from mid-December.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that it would redesign the country’s N200, N500 and N1, 000. The change would be done to reduce the amount of money in circulation and control inflation, according to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

The CBN highlighted concerns of “illicit” funds in circulation, which it said bandits and kidnappers had been exploiting in perpetrating their crimes.

The regulator said as much as 85 per cent of currency in circulation were outside the vaults of the country’s banks, encouraging criminality, currency hoarding and reducing the efficacy of the central bank’s monetary policies.