Bauchi State police command have arrested two men in possession of seventy-five-thousand-naira (N75,0000) counterfeit notes, fake money printing machine and other incriminating items.
According to a statement by SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, PPRO, Bauchi State Police Command, the police initially swooped in on one of the suspects near Ogbunna Hotel in Bayan Gari area of Bauchi sometime in August, 2022, following an actionable and credible intelligence report.
SP Wakil revealed that further investigations led to the arrest of his accomplices.
The statement reads in part;
“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.
“The 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 reveals 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 continues, the said Shehu Shagari indicted one Malam Yusuf ‘m’ of Durum village of Bauchi now at large who is believed to be a 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 (22) pieces of perfume bottles
- One dried chameleon
- One piece of white yard
- Fourteen pieces of printed naira notes on A4 size paper.
Meanwhile, surveillance is intensified to arrest the fleeing suspect and brought to face the full wrath of the law.