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Police Arrest Man For Dealing In Fake Naira Notes | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Apr 16, 2024

 

Police operatives from the Abakaliki Road Police Division of the Enugu State Command, with the assistance of vigilant citizens, apprehended one Mmaduabuchi Okonkwo, on April 10, 2024.

The 24-year-old resident of Mkpologu, Emene, Enugu, was arrested at the Old IMT Bus Stop, Abakaliki Road, Enugu, for allegedly possessing and dealing in counterfeit Naira notes.

A total of forty thousand Naira (₦40,000.00) in suspected counterfeit one thousand denomination Naira notes were seized from him, accord to a press statement issued on Tuesday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Command State Headquarters, DSP Daniel Ndukwe.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspect boarded a minibus from New Haven Junction to Old IMT Bus Stop, Enugu, and attempted to use one of the counterfeit notes to pay the fare.

However, the vigilant bus driver detected the fake currency, prompting him to raise an alarm that led to the suspect’s arrest.

During interrogation, the suspect admitted to exchanging twenty-five thousand Naira (₦25,000.00) in genuine currency for fifty thousand Naira (₦50,000.00) worth of counterfeit notes from an accomplice.

He confessed to spending ten thousand Naira (₦10,000.00) of the fake currency, with the remaining forty thousand Naira (₦40,000.00) recovered from his possession.

The statement added that the suspect will face arraignment and prosecution once investigations are concluded.

The State Command’s Commissioner of Police, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, condemned the suspect’s actions as a deliberate act of economic sabotage, aimed at causing social, psychological, and economic harm to fellow citizens.

He urges the public to remain law-abiding and exercise caution when dealing with individuals suspected of possessing counterfeit currencies.

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