The Kano State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of five persons in connection with fake foreign and local currencies that have been in circulation in the state.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, told newsmen that the suspects were under investigation for over a month by Operation Puff Adder team and have made successful arrest prior to the recent major discovery.
His statement reads:
"On the 06/08/2019, One Saidu Sarki ‘M’ aged 35 years old and Ubale Saleh ‘M’ aged 50 years were intercepted by Operation Puff Adder team of Anti-Daba Kano in possession of 10,000 pieces of France CFA Currency and 105 pieces of 100 dollars U.S currency. A case under investigation.
"On the 10/08/2019, based on technical intelligence report, a Puff Adder Team of the Command’s Anti-Fraud Section raided an uncompleted building located at Badawa Layout and recovered a Counterfeit of 178 Wrappers of 100 notes of U.S. Dollars and 10 Wrappers of N1000 notes of Nigerian currency. Efforts are on with a view to arresting the perpetrators of this heinous act.
"On 10/08/2019 at about 1900hrs, based on credible information. Puff Adder Operatives comprising of SARS and Officers attached to Market Division Kano, arrested one Ali Goni Mustapha ‘m’, Alh Ali Goni and Hassan Goni all of Maiduguri, Borno State at France Road Sabon Gari Kano and recovered Forty Eight (48) bundles of fake U.S. dollars in 100 denominations and a computer laptop. A case under investigation."
The recent developments suggest that the command has recovered a huge amount of counterfeit currencies in an uncompleted building. The police also disclosed that three more suspects from Maiduguri and Borno State, were arrested with fake U.S. dollars which most of these suspects use for "Bureau de Change" and illegal change of currencies.