Police arrest 12 in Gombe for counterfeit currency syndicate

By Williams Ago, Gombe

The police in Gombe have apprehended 12 individuals involved in the production and circulation of fake US dollars and Naira notes. 

The suspects were found in possession of a significant amount of counterfeit currency, including 563 pieces of fake 100-dollar bills and N265,000 in counterfeit Nigerian naira. 

This successful crackdown highlights the law enforcement's efforts to combat financial fraud and illegal activities in the region.

The syndicates who were paraded before newsmen, were arrested in Bajoga, Funakaye LGA and Dukku, Dukku LGA, where they operate.

According to ASP Mahid Muazu Abubakar, the Gombe State Command's Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), six of the suspects were arrested on January 23, 2024 in Bajoga town after a tip off.

He explained that, on the same day around 10:00am, information got to the Bajoga Divisional Police Headquarters that one Buba Muhammadu, 45 years old, went to a chemist belonging to Muhammad Ismail with counterfeit notes of one thousand naira.

He said on receipt of the complaint, police detectives moved to the scene and arrested Buba Muhammadu and recovered the exhibits.

Mahid added that further investigation led to the arrest of five others, including Abubakar Muhammad, who was arrested in Kano State, and exhibits recovered from him were 500 pieces of fake 100 US dollar bills and 265,000 counterfeit of Naira currency.

The four others arrested in the syndicate are; Jungudo Muhammadu, 53 years; Adamu Yusuf Mallum, 30 years; Abdulhamid Abdullahi, 60 years and Salihu Abdulhamid, 50 years.

The other syndicate, the PPRO revealed, were also arrested after a tip off on January 24, 2024 in Malala, Dukku LGA, in possession of 63 pieces of fake 100 US dollar bills.

Those arrested in Malala are, Haruna Adamu, 60 years, from Taguji, Darazo LGA of Bauchi State; Garba Ibrahim, 25 years from Hashidu, Gombe State; Samaila Musa, 30 years from Gombe-Abba, Gombe State; Sa'adu Muhammed, 23 years from Badarawa Quarters, Kaduna State; Yusuf Abdullahi, 30 years from Gombe-Abba, Gombe State and Muhammadu Umaru, 26 years from Gombe-Abba, Gombe State.

He said all the suspects confessed to committing the crime and will be charged to court for prosecution.

He urged the people of the State to be more vigilant and report all cases to the appropriate authorities as opposed to taking the laws into their hands.

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