CBN denies devaluing naira, increasing dollar rate to N631

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has refuted a report that the naira has been devalued and the dollar rate increased to N631.

A report emerged on Thursday that the Godwin Emefiele-led CBN devalued the naira by N169.4 or 36.6 per cent, from N461.6/$1.

In a statement denying the report, CBN said the naira to dollar rate is currently trading around N465/$1 in the Investors’ & Exporters’ (I&E) window and not N630 as claimed by the report.

“The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been drawn to a news report by Daily Trust Newspaper of June 1, 2023, titled “CBN Devalues Naira To 630/$1”.

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“We wish to state categorically that this news report, which in the imagination of the newspaper is exclusive, is replete with outright FALSEHOODS and destabilizing innuendos, reflecting potentially willful ignorance of the said medium as to the workings of the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the exchange rate at the Investors’ & Exporters’ (I&E) window traded this morning (June 1, 2023) at N465/US$1 and has been stable around this rate for a while.

“The public is hereby advised to ignore the news report by Daily Trust in its entirety, as it is speculative and calculated at causing panic in the market.

“Media practitioners are advised to verify their facts from the Central Bank of Nigeria before publishing in order not to misinform the public,” the Acting Director of CBN Corporate Communications, Isa AbdulMumin, said.

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