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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Police arrest fake currency dealers in Lagos

The police in Lagos have arrested three members of a fake currency syndicate, who have been going around, impersonating officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria to dupe unsuspecting members of the public.
The suspected members of the fake currency syndicate were arrested by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad of the state police command, led by Abba Kyari, a chief superintendent of police and the officer in charge of SARS.
Fake United States of America dollar estimated to be about $2.5million was recovered from the arrested suspects, who were arrested in Agege area of Lagos State, while trying to dupe one of their victims.
Crime & Security gathered that the bubble on the illicit activities of the gang got burst, when a retired general of the Nigerian Army reported them to the police at the Special Anti Robbery Squad.

The arrested suspects, Olaseinde Akinsiku, Abiodun Akinniyi and Tajudeen Lasisi, in their separate statement to the police confessed that they were actually caught with the fake currency, which was packed in a box and equally admitted that they had been dealing in the unlawful business for some time now.
A source at SARS informed Crime & Security that, “ when the retired army general told us about the activities of the gang, our boss told him to play along and asked him to call us whenever the members of the gang showed up in his house or office,”
The police source who pleaded anonymity further added that, “so when they wanted to go and collect another round of money from their suspect, we were notified and we stormed the Women Development Centre, Agege,” he said.
Thirty-five-year-old Akinniyi stated that he started the business in 2010, when one of his friends, simply identified as Ajibola Ajiboso introduced the business to him.
In his statement, Akinsiku, who claimed to be a graphic artist said that the gang usually told their victims that they actually stole the box full of dollars, from their office and that they wanted to change it to Naira.
The Ondo State born suspect in his statement, also claimed that he was actually introduced into the crime by one of his friends, simply identified as Tokunbo Abiodun, who according to him owned the machine with which the gang worked.
The gang reportedly in their attempt to make the deal real, forged a Central Bank of Nigeria Certificate and an identity card , belonging to the country’s apex bank.
The image maker in charge of the state police command, Ngozi Braide, while confirming the arrest of the suspects to Crime & Security, described their activities as acts of “economic sabotage” and added that the police were on the trail of other members of the gang.
The Lagos police spokesperson also added that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the police conclude their investigations.

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