The eNaira speed wallet application is down 48 hours after the digital currency was launched on Monday, checks by The Nation have shown.
A Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) source however said the application was upgraded due to the huge traffic it has attracted. Google, the source said, brought down the old eNaira app before the CBN could upload the new one.”The CBN assured that the new app will be up and running very soon on Google Playstore. What happened was a technical glitch. The eNaira app is still running on iOS,” the source said.
eNaira is a digital currency issued by the CBN. It’s a digital form of the naira that is housed in a secured wallet called the eNaira wallet.
The digital currency has two applications — eNaira speed wallet and eNaira merchant wallet.
To access the eNaira, users have to download the ‘speed wallet’, which allows users to conduct transactions with speed and ease.
Aside from the Google Store, the wallet can also be downloaded from the Apple Store.
Checks by The Nation show that the speed wallet for eNaira recorded over 100,000 downloads on Google Playstore alone after it was launched.
In a statement on the eNaira website, CBN had said interested individuals can sign-up on the eNaira speed wallet by inputting their details as captured during BVN enrollment.
The details include First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, State of Origin, and Email.
“Your Banks are waiting to assist you in validating and updating your BVN details to ensure seamless enrolment to the eNaira Platform,” the statement reads.
The Nation’s correspondent had checked Google play store on Wednesday evening, and could not download the eNaira speed wallet, while the eNaira merchant wallet was available for download.
The information read: “try again”.
Also, the CBN yesterday washed its hands off claims that it is disbursing 50 billion eNaira to the public.
It disassociated itself from a twitter handle @enaira cbdc whose activities it described as illegal.
According to the CBN, “the impostor handle and fraudulent persons have been posting messages related to the eNaira with the intent of wooing unsuspecting Nigerians with claims that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), among other falsities, is disbursing 50 billion eNaira currency”.
These impostors, the apex bank, said were bent on defrauding the public through the links attached to their messages for application to obtain eNaira wallets and become beneficiaries of the said 50 billion eNaira.
CBN denied the ownership of the Twitter handle (@enairacbdc), adding that it had suspended its presence on Twitter following the Federal Government’s ban. It warned the public to beware of fraudsters.
The bank urged the public to seek carifications on information about the eNaira either by visiting the eNaira website: www.enaira.gov.ng, calling the eNaira contact centre on 080069362472 or visiting any CBN branch.
The official social media handles of the eNaira, the apex bank added, are: www.facebook.com/myenaira; www.instagram.com/myenaira