The police at Mabushi division on Tuesday arrested a middle-aged man for allegedly printing fake dollars and pounds sterling at Mabushi village.
The suspect, Mohammed Ahmed, was alleged to have been selling the fake currencies to unsuspecting members of the public for long. Our reporter learnt that the suspect always claimed to be working in collaboration with a Bureau De Change and has since been in the business of changing currencies for people. It was further learnt that most of the people, who exchanged currencies from him always returned to look for him for selling fake dollars and pounds to them.
A police source said the suspect once put one Mr Emmanuel into trouble when he sold about four thousand fake dollars for him. “The man bought four thousand dollars from him but he was arrested for being in position of fake dollars,” the source informed. According to the source, luck ran out on the suspect, when Emmanuel reported the case to the police, which swung into action and arrested him.
A woman, who also fell into the suspect’s trap, Mrs. Funke Oyedele, a fashion designer said, “I wanted to travel to UK for my elder sister’s wedding last Christmas, the girl working for me told me that the suspect changes money. I met him and gave him N5,000 to get some pounds, not knowing that he sold fake pounds to me” The victim said it was when she went to the bank that she was accused of being in possession of fake currency. “Ahmed has broken so many hearts and homes, and I am glad that the police have finally arrested him,” she said.
Responding, Mabushi Divisional Police Officer, Superintendent Stanley Imo, confirmed the arrest and said that the division is winning the war against criminals. “Crimes have drastically reduced in Mabushi compared to the situation before now. A lot of jobless characters live in Mabushi and that is the major reason for the various crimes being committed in the area,” he said.