Thursday, 21 November 2019

Man Arrested For Being In Possession Of N2.5m Fake Currency

The Ogun State Command 1 of the Nigeria Customs Service says it has intercepted a man in possession of N2.5m fake currency notes at Ihunbo, along the Sango-Ota-Idiroko border.

The Controller of the command, Mr Michael Agbara, said other seizures made during anti-smuggling activities included 147 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, and 40 drums of industrial alcohol, otherwise known as ethanol.

He said the suspect caught with the fake naira notes, Samson Odebija, told the operatives that he was recruited by one Islamic cleric to help convey the notes to Owode from Idiroko.

He added that the suspect said the cleric promised to reward him with N5,000 if he successfully conveyed the currency to Owode.

Speaking on the ethanol seizure, Agbara stated that the product was categorised by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control as strictly “for industrial use.”

He said, “The item (ethanol) was strictly stamped by NAFDAC for industrial use.

“However, investigation revealed that some unscrupulous elements engage in the distribution of the product to residents of Idiroko, who ignorantly dilute it with water and take it as an alcoholic drink. This is evidently harmful to the health of the people.”

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