Naira Notes Hawkers Arrested In Ogun - INDEPENDENT
Abeokuta – The Central Bank of Nigeria, in conjunction with Nigerian Police, Ogun State Command has arrested five persons for hawking and selling Naira notes in the state.
The suspects were arrested in Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode and Abeokuta areas of Ogun State during a sting operation by two agencies.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement made available to our correspondent, Sunday, said One Million, Five Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira, we’re recovered from the suspects.
Oyeyemi gave the names of the suspects as Toyin Alegbe, Kehinde Akinbode, Shoneye Latifat, Kehinde Olanrewaju and Iyanuoluwa Shokunbi.
He said the operation was in line with section 21(1) of CBN Act, 2007 which categorised selling, hawking and abuse of Nigeria as punishable under the law.
The PPRO, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Aminu Alhassan has been detailed to investigate the matter with a view to bringing the suspects and other involving in the illicit trade to justice.
The statement read, “No fewer than five persons have been arrested in various parts of Ogun state for Hawking and selling Naira notes. They were arrested in Ijebu ode, shagamu and Abeokuta areas of the state during a sting operation jointly carried out by police operatives of Ogun state police command and officials of Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN).
“The operation is 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 was recovered from the suspects who were publicly exhibiting their illicit trades.
“The commissioner of police CP Ahmed Iliyasu has directed the Deputy commissioner of police in charge of state criminal investigation and intelligence department, 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 CP 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.”
The Police boss, Oyeyemi said, expressed readiness to work with all government agencies to stamp out crime and criminality in the state.
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