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Suspect in possession of over $81,000 fake currency arrested by EFCC personnel

May 20, 2024

Officials from the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Abdullahi Yahaya and Ibrahim Haruna in Kaduna city on suspicion of currency counterfeiting.

According to a statement from the EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, Haruna claimed that the fake dollars were given to him for safekeeping several months ago by someone named Babangida, who is currently on the run.

On the other hand, Yahaya mentioned during questioning that he learned about Haruna’s possession of counterfeit dollars through an introduction by someone named Kabiru, who is also at large.

Yahaya stated that Kabiru connected him to Haruna to pick up the fake dollars for delivery to a buyer at a specific location. Furthermore, the EFCC mentioned that apart from the counterfeit money, the suspects were also found with a small amount of a colorless substance suspected to be mercury, which is believed to be used in making fake dollars.

Once the investigations are concluded, the suspects will be taken to court to face charges.

In the meantime, the EFCC has received praise for its professionalism and commitment to fighting corruption and financial crimes. This commendation was given during a visit by the Kaduna State Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association to the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC.

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