Police arrest suspected armed robbers, currency fraudsters in Borno

THE Borno Police Command has arrested 10 suspected armed robbers, fake currency dealers and a rapist in Maiduguri metropolis and Kwaya/Kusar town, with the recovery of fake N1,000 notes worth N4.59 million, two AK 47 rifles and four magazines with rounds of live ammunition.

Parading the suspects Wednesday at the Maiduguri police headquarters, the Police Commissioner, Mr. Aderemi Opadokun, said that the police patrol and intelligence gathering in the state has led to the arrest of Adam Ajid of Fulatari ward of Maiduguri for defrauding unsuspected members of the public with fake Nigerian currencies.

He said the Special Anti-Armed Robbery Squad (SARS) personnel, following a tip-off, arrested the suspect on July 14 with bundles of N1,000 notes in three different serial numbers to the tune of N4.515 million, adding that the naira notes are suspected to be fake.

“The suspect’s supplier, who is allegedly to be from Cameroon Republic, is being trailed,” Opadokun said, adding that the case will be charged to court after conclusion of investigation.

Another suspect, Ba’ana Musa, was arrested on Thursday, July 16, 2015 for paying his tricycle fare with a fake N1,000 naira note to a tricyclist in Maiduguri.

His words: “This suspect Bana Musa boarded a tricycle and offered the operator a piece of fake N1, 000 notes as if it were a genuine legal tender for his fare. He was caught and searched and more 69 pieces of the counterfeit notes were found on him making a total of N70, 000 suspected fake currency. Musa will be arraigned in court at the conclusion of investigation.”

The five armed robbery suspects, according to him, attacked and robbed Alhaji Umar Manu of N50, 000 at his house in Kwaya/Kusar, before threatening him to source N5 million or be killed by the gang.

He said two AK 47 rifles and four magazines with some rounds of ammunition were also recovered from the suspects whose names are Mohammed Alhaji Tella, Ishaku Abdu, Ahmadu Buba, DahiruAdamu and Ishaku Lavvali.

He said: “The public is hereby advised to assist the Police with credible information on the activities of criminals in their domain and also beware of fraudsters going about with fake currency notes,” adding that this will drastically reduce crime in the state.

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