Drama As Family Rejects Old Naira Notes As Bride Price

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Family Rejects Old Naira Notes As Bride Price In Niger State

A recent drama in Niger State was brought about by the young woman’s family asking the family of her suitor to return the old N1,000 and N500 notes they had given as the bride price.

According to information gathered by ejesgist.ng, the family of the suitor paid the family of the woman an undisclosed sum as bride price and money for other wedding-related expenses.

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Although the wedding was not postponed, the girl’s guardians reportedly stated that they needed new notes because they were unable to deposit the money in a bank account by the CBN deadline of January 31 and purchase some items for the ceremony.

“We took money to the family of the girl we want to marry,” a family member of the male suitor said.

On Sunday, they called to ask me to come and return the old currency notes until we had the new naira notes.

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They claimed they had nowhere to replace the outdated notes. I therefore want to take it to the bank until we receive the new notes.

He added that many people were reluctant to collect the old notes out of concern that they wouldn’t have time to use them before the deadline of January 31.

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As commercial banks have continued to distribute old notes, rural traders in the state have begun rejecting them or closing their shops.

Most of the rural and semi-urban communities in the state, according to our correspondent who visited a few of them, did not have access to banks.

Residents of the historic town of Zungeru in the state’s Wushishi LGA claimed there was only one commercial bank there despite the town’s large population and bustling business district, particularly on Sunday and Wednesday market days.

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Our correspondent was informed by market vendors that many farmers had stopped bringing their produce to Zungeru market on Wednesdays and Sundays out of concern that they might be given old naira notes.

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