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NSCDC Apprehend 9 Suspects With Counterfeit Currency, 2 Others In Plateau


NSCDC Apprehend 9 Suspects With Counterfeit Currency, 2 Others In Plateau

By Abdullahi Ahmad Bamalli

Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps Plateau Command, NSCDC, has arrested nine suspects with fake Naira and US dollars.

DSC Chris Longbit, the squad’s PR officer, (PRO), who took the suspects to Jos on Thursday, said they were arrested in the Plateau, Nasarawa and Gombe States.

He explained that the suspects were arrested by Special Intelligence Officers in different places.

Longbit also explains that the counterfeit naira banknotes are made up of old and new ones and amount to more than N1.2 million.

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”Our special intelligence squad arrested these suspects in Plateau, Nasarawa and Gombe States with both new and old fake naira and dollar notes.

”The naira notes amounted to over N1.2 million and the other amounted to 645 USD. They were arrested between Feb. 22 and March 5,” he said

He said that the suspects were also arrested with various types of inks used in producing fake notes.

The PRO said that the corps had put serious modalities in place to ensure that the syndicate producing fake currencies in the country was cracked down.

One of the suspects, Mohammed Yakubu, said he had been involved in the illegal act since 2015, but claimed to have stopped after he was arrested in 2019.

”I joined this illegal business in 2015, but I was arrested in 2019 with fake N1 billion naira notes; I spent one month in prison and was later released.

”This time around, it was one of my friends from Kogi State that sent me a sample of the fake notes to see if it matches the real notes and in the process I was arrested in Lafia,” he said.

The suspect, who pleaded for mercy, said that his colleagues were spread in all parts of the country and advised Nigerians to be wary of those who transacted with fake notes.

The PRO also said that the command arrested two suspects who allegedly vandalised the transformer of the Jos Electricity Distribution (JED) in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau.

Longbit said that the suspects, who confessed to the crime, would be charged to court for prosecution after investigations were concluded.

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