TWO MEN ARRESTED IN ENUGU FOR ‘SELLING’ FAKE NEW NAIRA NOTES
By ‘Leke Yusuf
Police in Enugu State on Thursday night arrested two men after attempting to sell fake new naira notes to a vigilant Point of Sale (POS) operator.
The two men, Joseph Chinenye aged 39 and Onyeka Kenneth Ezeja, also aged 29, and respectively of Iheakpu-Awka in Igbo-Eze South LGA and Onicha Enugu-Ezike in Igbo-Eze North LGA, were found to be in possession of suspected counterfeited one hundred and eighty (180) pieces of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN’s) newly redesigned one thousand naira (N1,000) notes, with face value of one hundred and eighty thousand naira (N180,000.00).
A statement by the Enugu State Police Command said that preliminary investigation shows, among other things, that the notes, which are in three separate batches, bear the same serial numbers of A/34:282656, A/46:578759 and 8/93:852942; while the suspects claimed to have secured the counterfeited Naira notes from an unidentified woman in Benin, Edo State.
In addition, they confessed to having attempted to sell the notes to a POS operator, who rejected them, before the Operatives arrested them at a Filling Station in Ibagwa-Aka community of Igbo-Eze LGA, where they used the notes to purchase petrol.
The suspects will be arraigned in court upon consolidation and conclusion of investigation.
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