Crime

Counterfeit currency; Niger state police command arrest a clergyman with 2 accomplices

Niger Police Command has arrested a Catechist and two others for engaging in the sale of counterfeit currency.
The trio of Emmanuel Akazuwa, 42, Catechist Sabastine Dabu, 48 and Umar Mohammed, 50, were arrested in a hotel in Kontagora trying to get a buyer for the N15.8 million in their possession.
Speaking to newsmen when he was paraded, Akazuwa, who said he is a farmer, claimed to have bought the fake currency from one Nifom at the rate of N150,000 adding he hoped to sell it and make a gain from it to buy a commercial motorcycle.
He said that he met Catechist Dabu at a Cathedral Congress in Makurdi, who promised to assist him to sell the currency.
He said the Catechist called him after some time he had a buyer and he should come down to Niger state with the currency.
“This is my first time in this business. I wanted to just sell it and use the money I get to buy a motorcycle for commercial business. I know it was fake and it is criminal and that is why I did not use it all through the time I was given.
“I met the Catechist at a Congress in Makurdi and he promised me that he will get a buyer for me. I met him in Mokwa junction and from there, we proceeded to Kontagora but we could not sell it, rather, we were arrested,” he said.
Dabu, a farmer and Catechist in Kebbi, he got involved in the deal because he was suffering and needed money to take care of his family.
“I have never done this before but the suffering was too much that is why I decided to get involved and whatever money I get from this, I will use it to help myself and my family.
“It was due to suffering that I decided to connect Emmanuel with Umar who said he will get a buyer for us.
“The person was meant to buy each million for N150, 000 and we would have made money if we succeeded but we didn’t.

by Moses Oyetola

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