Sunday 25 July 2021


By: Willy Punvwet,

Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested a seven-member syndicate in Lafia with N7.8million and 110,000 dollars counterfeit currencies.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bola Longe, who paraded the suspects on Friday at the Police Command Headquarters in Lafia, alongside 61 others for various criminal offences announced that, two of the  suspects were arrested on 4th June, 2021, while attempting to pay some money into an account, using Point of Sale (PoS) located around the College of Agriculture in Lafia.

The Police Commissioner explained that, a student of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, and one other person went to deposit N50,000.00 at the POS when the agent discovered some of the notes were fake.

Mr. Longe said that, the suspect insisted that, she (POS) operator must accept the money, which resulted in an altercation, which compelled her to seek police intervention.

He said his personnel attached to Area Command, Lafia moved immediately to the scene on receipt of the complaint and arrested the suspect.

The police Boss explained that, further investigation led to the arrest of five more suspects, while N7.8 million counterfeit currency in 1,000 denomination, and 110,000 dollars counterfeit notes in 100 dollars bills were recovered from the suspects.

Mr. Longe said so far the counterfeit currencies recovered had been taken to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), while investigation continues.

The Police commissioner further announced that, the command has also arrested a 39-year-old man, who posed as, Vice Chancellor and acting Registrar of the Federal University of Lafia, on social media to defraud unsuspecting admission seekers and contractors.

He said the suspect was arrested in Bukan-Sidi Lafia, during an operation by his men on 24th June, 2021.

The Police Commissioner disclosed that, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, who claimed to be a lecturer at the Benue State University, Makurdi, on sabbatical leave, was discovered to be a secondary school dropout with no means of livelihood.

He explained that, other criminal suspects arrested within the last two months are thirty for cultism, eight for armed robbery, five for kidnapping and two for railway track vandalism.

All the suspects, according to the Police, would be prosecuted, as soon as, investigations were over.

He appealed to the public to continue to collaboration with the police through useful information in its bid  to rid the state and by extension the country of criminal elements.

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