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Police, CBN officials nab five for hawking naira notes



Police, CBN officials nab five for hawking naira notes

Detectives attached to the Ogun State Police Command have arrested five persons for allegedly hawking and selling Naira notes. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the arrest of the suspects, who are all females, followed a sting operation jointly carried out by the command operatives and officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, stated that the suspects were nabbed on Thursday and Friday in Ijebu- Ode, Sagamu and Abeokuta areas of the state. The PPRO gave the names of the currency hawkers as Toyin Alegbe, Kehinde Akinbode, Shoneye Latifat, Kehinde Olanrewaju and Iyanuoluwa Shokunbi.

Oyeyemi said various denominations of Naira notes, totalling N1,560,000, were recovered from them. He said: “The operation was in line with the provisions of Section 21(1) of the CBN Act 2007 which made hawking, selling and abuse of Naira a punishable offence. Various denominations of naira notes, totalling 1,560,000 were recovered from the suspects, who were publicly exhibiting their illicit trades.

“The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Aminu Alhassan, to commence full scale investigation into the activities of these suspects with the view of bringing to book others in their shoes and prosecute them accordingly. The police commissioner equally warned members of the public to desist from any act capable of soiling, abusing or destroying the Naira which is one of the symbols of our national identity.” Oyeyemi further quoted Iliyasu as expressing his readiness to work with all government agencies to stamp out crime and criminality in the state.

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