- The value of Nigerian currency has dropped to another low in the unofficial black foreign exchange market
- The latest data shows that the naira is exchanged for as high as N900 for one dollar by some FX traders
- To make the airport environs safer, the FAAN has embarked on an operation to arrest illegal FX traders, touts, and perpetrators of illegitimate activities
The Nigerian currency, the naira exchanged at the black foreign market for as low as N900 to a dollar on Monday, August 7, 2023.
According to street traders who spoke to Legit.ng, Nigerians looking to buy dollars should be ready to pay as high as N902 as of 3 pm on Monday
Also, Abokifx data shows that street traders are selling one dollar at N895 and buying at N888.
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On Friday, August 4, 2023, data from FMDQ securities shows that the naira closed last week at N743.07 to a dollar.
FAAN arrests illegal forex dealers
Meanwhile, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced that it arrested 21 persons, including touts, illegal foreign exchange dealers, hawkers, and scavengers at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Punch reports.
In a statement by Abdullahi Yakubu-Funtua, director of public affairs & consumer protection, FAAN said that the Joint Monitoring Task Force (JMTF) and the Aviation Security Crime Investigation & Intelligence (AVSEC-CII) Unit have since the past few weeks conducted raids in this regard.
The statement reads:
“On Friday the 4th of August 2023, the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) JMTF and AVSEC-CII raided the ITZ 1 & 2 landside, the carparks, and the airport access roads.
“In the course of the raid, a total of 21 persons, including touts, illegal foreign exchange dealers, hawkers and scavengers, were arrested. The apprehended suspects have since been transferred to the Nigerian Police Force through the CII for further necessary action."
CBN speaks on license status of 2,698 BDCs as Naira falls again
The Central Bank of Nigeria has responded to reports that it withdrew over 2,000 Bureau de Change operators' licenses
The reports of withdrawal come amid the continued depreciation of the naira at the official and black markets
The CBN and the Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria spoke with Legit.ng to set the records straight