Operatives of the Enforcement Committee (Abuse of the Naira) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) alongside the FCT Police Command and Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday raided Dei-Dei under bridge in Abuja.
At a press briefing by the FCT command’s Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma said six persons were arrested for illegal trading and hawking of Nigeria currency contrary to Sections 20 and 21 of the CBN Act.
He said the raid is part of the renewed effort of the Committee to enforce of the provisions which prescribe the offence of selling, buying, spraying and squeezing of the Naira.
The Police boss said: “Consequent upon the raid which recorded huge success with the recovery of the total sum of N1, 948,060 from the six suspects arrested and others at large at Dei-Dei under bridge.
“The enforcement Committee wants to reiterate its unwavering stance and readiness to sustain its raiding of identified areas where the naira is being abused.
“The suspects arrested and exhibit recovered are as follows: Auwal Yunusa ‘m’ 22 years old; Mohammed Auwal ‘m’ 20 years old; Yusuf Shuaibu ‘m’ 31 years old; Suleiman Saidu ‘m’ 38 years old; Usman Ibrahim ‘m’ 24 years old; Mohammed Salisu ‘m’ 24 years old.
“Exhibits recovered were N1,948,060 in the following denominations: N200, N50, N20, N10 and N5.
“Effort has been intensified to arrest other suspects who escaped during the raid.”