The Niger state Police Command has arrested a 37 year old man, Abubakar Suleiman with 88 bundles of $100 dollars fake currency.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abigail Unaeze, made the disclosure while presenting the suspect before newsmen in Minna.
She said that Suleiman and three others at large conspired and took his father in-law to an unknown place in Kogi under the pretext to cure him of his sickness, and said that he was arrested when he took the money to one Engineer Abdullahi Sambo of Shango area in Minna.
She said that the command had commenced intensive investigation into the matter.
The suspect was reported to the Chanchaga police division by Mamman Manya, one of the relatives of Sambo. The suspect confessed that he was in possession of the fake dollar notes but he was given the money to deliver to Engineer Sambo and he do not know the real owner of the money.
According to him, he said that an intermediary called Khalifa gave him the money while referring to the owners of the money as ‘genies’.
“I am on errand. The whole thing is just like a mystery.
I was called by some unknown persons to contact Kahlifa who will give me something to take to Engineer Sambo in Minna. The people promised to help me financially. When I got to Minna, I went to Sambo’s house, on getting there, his relatives called the police that I brought take notes for their father.”
When asked what the money was meant for, Abubakar said;
“I do not know what the money is meant for. I was only told it was meant for Engineer Sambo. I am on errand and it was not my business to know if the notes are fake. I was doing what I was sent.”
He said that all efforts to call the Khalifa proved abortive as he no longer picks his calls. Meanwhile, the Police said that Abubakar is part of a syndicate who specialises in the circulation of fake currency notes adding that the police is on the trail of the other members of the syndicate