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We are not distributing 50 bln eNaira to public, says CBN

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By Samuel Bankole

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disowned the social media handle created by some fraudulent person for its newly launched digital currency, the eNaira in a bid to defaud the public.

In a statement,  the CBN said the it has nothing to do with the Twitter handle, @enaira_cbdc, noting that the regulatory bank had suspended its presence on the microblog platform following the ban placed on it by the Federal Government.

“In effect, the Bank is not disbursing eNaira currency to citizens. To this end, members of the public are hereby warned to be wary of fraudsters who have resolved to take advantage of unsuspecting Nigerians,” the bank said in a statement signed by its spokesman, Osita Nwanisobi.

The social media handle by the impostors have been posting messages related to the eNaira with the intent of wooing unsuspecting Nigerians with claims that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), among other falsities, is disbursing the sum of 50 Billion eNaira currency.

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“These impostors are bent on defrauding innocent and unsuspecting members of the public through the links attached to their messages for application to obtain eNaira wallets and become beneficiaries of the said 50 billion eNaira currency.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Central of Nigeria (CBN) is not the owner of that twitter handle (@enaira_cbdc) and indeed suspended its presence on Twitter following the Federal Government’s Ban.

“In effect, the Bank is not disbursing eNaira currency to citizens. To this end, members of the public are hereby warned to be wary of fraudsters who have resolved to take advantage of unsuspecting Nigerians.

“Members of the public should always endeavor to seek clarifications on information about the eNaira either by visiting the eNaira website: www.enaira.gov.ng or calling the eNaira contact centre on 080069362472 or visiting any CBN Branch nearest to them,” the regulatory bank said in the statement.

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