The police in Ogun State have apprehended five persons in different parts of the state for allegedly hawking freshly minted naira notes.
Spokesman for the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi gave the names of the suspects Toyin Alegbe, Kehinde Akinbode, Shoneye Latifat, Kehinde Olanrewaju and Iyanuoluwa Shokunbi.
He said in a press statement that a total of N1, 560,000 in various denominations was recovered from the suspects who were picked up in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu and Abeokuta during sting operations jointly carried out by the operatives of the command and officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) April 13 and 14.
Abimbola 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.
“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 Commissioner of Police, 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 Commissioner of Police 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,” said Oyeyemi.
Oyeyemi said the police chief had expressed readiness to work with all government agencies to stamp out crime and criminality in the state.
The spokesman said the suspects would be charged to court soon and warned members of the public to desist from any act capable of soiling, or destroying the naira ‘which is one of the symbols of our national identity.”