The Central Bank of Nigeria on Wednesday said a total of 119,663 pieces of counterfeit notes with a nominal value of N98.82m was recorded in 2018, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
The bank said this in the Currency Operations 2018 Annual Report, posted on its website.
The CBN said the figure indicated a decline of 1.30 per cent in volume terms and an increase of 5.77 per cent in value terms when compared with 118,126 pieces with a nominal value of N93.43m recorded in the corresponding period of 2017.
The regulator said the ratio of counterfeit notes to volume of banknotes in circulation was 18 pieces per million, compared to 16 pieces per million banknotes discovered in 2017.
It said that the N500 and N1,000 denominations remained the most commonly counterfeited banknotes, which accounted for 65.29 per cent and 34.49 per cent respectively of the total counterfeit notes discovered.
The bank said that to preserve the integrity of the banknotes in circulation, it partnered with Bankers Warehouse PLC and security agencies to intensify efforts at mitigating the incidences of counterfeiting during the period under review.
The apex bank also said that the Currency- in-Circulation grew by 0.8 per cent to N2.3bn as at December 2018 ending.
The report noted that the growth in CIC reflected the high dominance of cash in the economy and increase in economic activities.