Two men have been arrested by operational personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kwara State Command.
NSCDC operatives arrested Nicholas Kelechi, 25, and Benjamin Moore, 42, on Friday, June 4, at Yagba market in Patigi, the headquarters of Patigi local government area of Kwara State.
Moreover, it was gathered that the suspects purchased the fake N1,000 notes from a temple in Ibadan, Oyo state, with payment of a real N200 note for one fake N1,000 note.
According to Babawale Afolabi, spokesman of the NSCDC in the state, who confirmed the arrest, the principal suspect, Benjamin confessed to the crime, claiming that he introduced him to the business through someone he met in Lokoja.
Apparently, Benjamin Moore is based mostly in Iseyin, Oyo State. He has a wife in Ebonyi state and a wife in Enugu state and is running two households currently.
He confessed to police during an interrogation that he met a man from Lokoja, Kogi state, who transported him to Ibadan, Oyo state, to collect the fake money, paying just N200 in real notes for N1,000 worth of fake money. According to him, they chose to operate in faraway places like Patigi market, where they can’t easily be traced.” he added.
The suspects are still being interrogated at the state headquarters in Ilorin, the spokesman said.