The Borno Police Command has arrested some fake currency dealers within Maiduguri metropolis and Kwaya/Kusar town in the state.
Counterfeits running to millions of Naira have been confiscated.
The Borno State Police Commissioner Aderemi Opadokun disclosed that the sum of N4.59 million fake currency in one thousand naira note denomination was recovered from one of the suspects, Adam Ajid who is a dealer in fake Nigerian currency, in Fulatari ward of Maiduguri.
Opadukun said that the police patrol and intelligence gathering in the state led to the arrest of Adam Ajid of Fulatari ward of Maiduguri for defrauding unsuspected members of the public with fake Nigerian currencies.
He said the Special Anti-Armed Robbery Squad (SARS) personnel, following a tip-off arrested the suspect recently with bundles of N1 000 notes in three different serial numbers to the tune of N4.515 million, adding that naira notes were suspected to be fake.
Opadukun added that the suspect’s supplier is alleged to be from Cameroon.
Police are on the suspect’s trail.
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The commissioner said another suspect, Ba’ana Musa, was also arrested recently for using N1 000 note of fake currency to pay for his tricycle fare in Maiduguri.
“The suspect, Ba'ana Musa, boarded a tricycle and offered the operator a piece of fake one thousand naira note as if it were genuine and legal tender for his fare. He was caught and searched. Some 69 pieces of counterfeit N1 000 notes were recovered on him, making a total of N70 000 suspected of being fake currency,” Opadukun said.
Opadukun added that another fake currency dealer, Bashir Goni Kwayam, was arrested in Budum ward of Maiduguri using a fake $300 to buy 75 yards of clothes at N43 000 from one Umar Mustapha, a Maiduguri businessman.
“He collected the materials and sold them to one Sa’id Maniyu of Makera Ward of Maiduguri. During the investigation, the clothes were recovered.
The suspect will also be charged to court after forensic report of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is obtained,” he said.
- CAJ News