By Charly Agwam
As part of effort to combat crime and criminality in Bauchi State, the Bauchi Command of the Nigeria Police said it has arrested three suspects for being in possession and production of counterfeit currency.
The Police spokesman, SP Ahmed Wakil made this known in a statement shared with journalists on Wednesday.
He said that one of the suspects was arrested with the sum of seventy-five-thousand-naira (N75,0000) counterfeit notes.
“On 21st August 2022 at about 1930hrs, detectives attached to ‘C’ Divisional Police headquarters, Bauchi acted on an actionable and credible intelligence report available at their disposal, swung into action and arrested three suspects for being in possession and production of counterfeit currency.
“A suspect who was identified as one Yusuf Mohammed ‘m’ 25yrs of Yakubu Wanka area of Bauchi was arrested on 21st august, 2022 at about 1930hrs near Ogbunna Hotel in Bayan Gari area of Bauchi with the sum of seventy-five-thousand-naira (N75,0000) counterfeit notes.
“The suspect revealed that he got the counterfeit notes from one Shehu Shagari ‘m’ 42yrs of Inkil area of Bauchi who is equally at police facility for his involvement in the case.
“As the investigation continued, the said Shehu Shagari indicted one Malam Yusuf ‘m’ of Durum village of Bauchi now at large who is believed to be the prime suspect. Later, an investigation was extended on a search warrant to his house at Durum village where another suspect Rabiu Samaila ‘m’ 35yrs of Durum village was apprehended at the house while producing counterfeit naira notes.
“A discreet investigation commenced in earnest, the following exhibits were recovered from the suspect; one 3-in-1 black printer, the sum of seventy-five-thousand-naira notes (N75, 000), five pieces of calabash containing charms,
twenty-two pieces of perfume bottles, one dried chameleon, one piece of white yard and fourteen pieces of printed naira notes on A4 size paper,” he said.
He noted further that surveillance has been intensified to enable the police arrest the fleeing suspect.