A young Nigerian man has taken to social media to lament bitterly about the destruction of new naira notes in his possession.
He revealed that a rat ate portions of the new currency he kept in a part of his home amid the naira scarcity in the country.
The programmer known as @SkyTech02 shared a photo on Twitter which showed the damage done to the notes which rendered them useless for transactions.
In a now-deleted tweet, the guy also posted a photo of the purported rat which he strung up in a crucifixion position because of the dastardly act.
He captioned; “Rat chop new note wey everybody dey struggle for, he’s being questioned atm. New note wey i withdraw 10k , dis rat go chop am…make I no lie you NA UR LAST SUPPER BE THAT OOO😩🤲 We are investigating this wicked rat ,we want to know who sent him.”
CorrectNG earlier reported that the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting, (NSPM) said the new naira notes stain white surfaces as part of a security feature.
Managing Director of NSPM, Ahmed Halilu made this known in a statement on Friday while highlighting some features of the new N200, N500 and N1,000 notes.
He said this was in order to sensitise those that have expressed concerns about the quality.
Halilu said; “The attention of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc has been drawn to various clips, skits, concerns and comments on various platforms regarding the quality of the redesigned banknotes that were recently unveiled and issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“As the nation’s foremost security printing and minting company saddled with the responsibility of producing the country’s currency (naira), we find it expedient to address the salient issues and further enlighten Nigerians on the features of the currency and, most importantly, the misconception about the quality of the new naira notes.
“The NSPM Plc has been meeting the currency needs of Nigeria with the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria since 2014. Indeed, Nigeria has achieved zero importation of currency, developed local capacity and, to an extent, conserved foreign exchange within this period.
“We want to inform all Nigerians that the new naira notes are of the same substrates and passed through the same printing processes and finishing procedures. It is, therefore, basically the same as the other notes in circulation. It also leaves traces of intaglio inks when rubbed on plain white surfaces. It is, however, important to note that new banknotes are generally light when issued, then become heavier in circulation on getting in contact with dirt and moisture.
“In addition, the second stage of currency printing (Intaglio) requires a heavy deposit of special inks with fairly large particles to give a tactile feeling of the portraits as well as other raised prints by way of design.”