Police arrest five women hawking naira notes in Ogun

*The arrested hawkers displaying the money after their arrest.

By Sola AJIBIKE (Abeokuta)

NIGERIA: THE Ogun State Police Command has arrested five women for hawking and selling Naira notes in the state.

The police said that by their action, the women have committed an offence punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act 2017.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who made the disclosure on Sunday, stressed that the suspects were nabbed in various parts of the state.

“No fewer than five persons have been arrested in various parts of Ogun State for hawking and selling naira notes,” Oyeyemi said, adding: “The operation is in line with the provisions of Section 21(1) of the CBN Act 2007 which made hawking, selling and abuse of Naira a punishable offence.”

The police image maker said that those arrested are Toyin Alegbe, Kehinde Akinbode, Shoneye Latifat, Kehinde Olanrewaju and Iyanuoluwa Shokunbi.

*CP Ahmed Iliyasu.

He explained that the hawkers were arrested in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu and Abeokuta last Thursday and Friday during operations jointly carried out by the Command’s police operatives and officials of the CBN.

Oyeyemi stressed that various denominations totaling N1.56 million were recovered from the suspects while publicly exhibiting the money.

According to him, the Police Commissioner, Mr. Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed his Deputy in charge of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Mr. Aminu Alhassan, to commence full scale investigation into the activities of these suspects in order to apprehend others involved and prosecute them accordingly.

“The Commissioner of Police equally warned members of the public to desist from any act capable of soiling, abusing or destroying the Naira which is one of the symbols of our national identity,” Oyeyemi said, adding: “The CP therefore expressed his readiness to work with all government agencies to stamp out crime and criminality in the state.”

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