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Spraying, Marching And Writing on Any Naira Note Is An Offence in Nigeria. Here Is What The Law Says

Spraying money has become a norm in many parts of Nigeria during events. It is not uncommon to see people throwing wads of naira notes into the air while celebrating during ceremonies. While this may seem harmless to many people, it is considered an offence under that Nigerian law.

While transacting business with cash in Nigeria, it is also very common to see naira notes that have words or numbers written on them in ink. All these acts are considered offences under the Central Bank of Nigeria Act.

Under Section 20 and 21 of the CBN Act, there are certain acts considered to be criminal in nature when it has to do with the Nigerian Naira Notes. In this article we would examine certain acts which are very popular among Nigerian citizens and amount to abuse of currency. Some of these acts include:

1. Spraying:

This act is very common in Nigeria. During occasions like weddings, burial ceremonies, birthdays, etc., spraying has become a necessary evil. Under the CBN Act, spraying of the naira or any note issued by the bank during occasions or otherwise constitutes an abuse and defacing of the naira or such note.

Anyone who is guilty of this shall be liable upon conviction to imprisonment for a term not less than six months or to a fine not less than fifty thousand naira, or both.

2. Stepping or Marching:

The law forbids a person to step on or march the currency notes. According to Section 21 of the CBN Act, marching includes spreading, scattering or littering any surface with any naira notes or coins regardless of the volume, value, occasion or intent.

Any of the acts above shall amount to a defacing of the naira and anyone who is guilty of this shall be liable upon conviction to imprisonment for a term not less than six months or to a fine not less than fifty thousand naira, or both.

3. Writing:

Writing on naira notes is regarded under law as a type of mutilation of the naira currency. Anyone who is guilty of this shall be liable upon conviction to imprisonment for a term not less than six months or to a fine not less than fifty thousand naira, or both.

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