Monday, April 16, 2018 8:20 am
Adejoke Adeleye, Abeokuta
The Nigeria police Force, Ogun State Command has arrested five women in various parts of state for illegal hawking and selling of Naira notes.
The suspects which includes Toyin Alegbe, Kehinde Akinbode , Shoneye Latifat ,Kehinde Olanrewaju , and Iyanuoluwa Shokunbi were recently arrested in Ijebu Ode, Shagamu and Abeokuta areas of the state during a sting operation jointly carried out by the police and officials of Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th of April 2018.
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.
Various denominations of Naira notes totalling N1.5 million was recovered from the suspects who were publicly exhibiting the illegal wares.
The commissioner of police CP Ahmed Iliyasu has directed the Deputy commissioner of police in charge of state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Aminu Alhassan to commence full scale investigation into the activities of these suspects with the view to bringing to book others who are into same trade and prosecuting them accordingly.
Ahmed 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.
The CP however expressed his readiness to work with all government agencies to stamp out crime and criminality in the state.