Nigeria’s overnight interbank rate jumped to 60 percent on Monday, up 440 basis point from Friday’s close after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) tightened naira liquidity to support the ailing currency, dealers said.
The CBN soaked up liquidity through a N30 billion open market operation on Monday. It withdrew N167 billion ($862m) last week to enforce a cash reserve requirement for lenders.
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Banks’ balance with the central bank opened at N64.6 billion, compared with N393 billion last week.