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NSCDC Nabs Fake Currency Syndicate With Millions (Naira, Dollars)




Two syndicates allegedly involved in offences ranging from criminal conspiracy, cheating, obtaining by trick (OBT) and production/distribution of counterfeited US Dollars (USD) and new Naira notes into the society were arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The NSCDC Director of Public Relations, Commandant Olusola Odumosu, in a statement released on Friday, said the arrest was made in Jos, Plateau state by the Commandant General Special Intelligence Squad (CG’s SIS).

According to Odumosu, one of the groups arrested consisted of four male adults who were caught in possession of fake sixty-four thousand, eight hundred US dollars ($64,800) and four hundred and seventy-five thousand naira (N475,000) notes, while fake notes of N1.5m was also seized from the second group consisting of five male adults.

He listed the names of members of the syndicate arrested with the sum of N1.5m to include; Dantala Omale, ‘M’, 30yrs, Plateau State, Musa Abdullahi, ‘M’ 24yrs, Plateau state, Audu Abdulazeez, ‘M’, 56yrs, Gombe State, Umar Hassan ‘M’, 46yrs, plateau state and Mahammadu Badaru Yakubu ‘M’ 30yrs, Nasarawa State.

The statement read in part, “The arrest was effected when one Dantala Omale was lured to Nasarawa from Plateau state and picked up by the squad on the 22nd of February, 2023, with fake new naira notes of N412,000.

“The arrested suspect confessed to getting the fake notes from Musa Abdullahi, AKA Baballe which led to the arrest of Abdullahi on 22nd of February, 2023 at Namu area of Quanpan LGA in Plateau state in possession of N49,650 old naira notes.

“After a thorough interrogation, Abdullahi confessed that he usually gets his supply of fake currencies from one Audu Abdulazeez, AKA Dan-Gombe, who the squad arrested on the 3rd of March 2023, at Plateau Express service motor park in Jos, Plateau State, at about 11:20 a.m with N350,000 fake newly redesigned Naira notes.”

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Reacting, the Commandant General of the corps, Ahmed Abubakar Audi warned all criminal syndicates to desist from illegality and get other legitimate means of survival or face the wrath of the law as the NSCDC and other security agencies will fish them out no matter their hiding places.