A pastor in Niger State has been arrested as well as two others for conspiring and possessing N15.8 million in counterfeit currency.
In a statement on Tuesday, July 6, DSP Wasiu Abiodun said the suspects were staying at a hotel in Kontagora.
“On 29/06/2021 at about 1400hrs Police Operatives attached to Kontagora Area Command arrested the following suspects: Emmanuel Akazuwa, 42, of Adi village, Buruku LGA of Benue State, Pastor Sabastine Dabu, 48, of Zuru Kebbi State and Umar Mohammed,50, of Pandogari, Rafi LGA,” he stated.
The PPRO said Emmanuel was arrested with 10000 Naira notes totaling 15 million, 830, 000 naira (N15,830,000) suspected to be counterfeit at a hotel in Kontagora.
“He was arrested with Pastor Sabastine and Umar who were suspected to be his agents. During interrogation, Emmanuel confessed to the crime and claimed that he bought the fake currency from one Nifom presently at large at Katsina-Ala in Benue State at the rate of one hundred and fifty thousand naira, while he met Pastor Sabastine at a Cathedral Congress in Makurdi who promised to assist him to sell the currency,” the statement read.
“Umar was contracted by Pastor Sabastine in an attempt to meet a buyer at the said hotel. The case is under investigation and the suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.” he added