The Isheri Police Division in the Ojodu Abiodun area of Lagos State, has arrested two brothers who allegedly produce fake naira notes.
The suspects, Hope Ihesiaba and his brother, Ifeanyi were arrested following a tip-off by a woman, who sold foodstuffs in the area, after she reported them for spending fake N1,000 notes.
Also arrested by the police as part of the syndicate are Ifeanyi’s two friends; a lady simply identified as Ijeoma, and a man identified only as Paul, for allegedly receiving and spending some of the fake notes from the suspects.
Recovered from the suspects’ house are; eighty pieces of fake N1,000 notes, two laptops, a sledge hammer and a cutlass after a search was conducted by the police before their arrest.
33-year old Hope, from Abia State, denies that he produces the notes. He claims that he got the fake notes from a friend in Aba, Abia State. Hear him;
“I do not produce fake naira notes. I have a friend who does that. His name is Odiyi, and he sells in a market in Aba. I gave him N28,000 real money and he gave me the N80,000 fake naira notes.
“I knew the money was fake; but I did it to help myself. I gave my brother parts of the money. He in turn gave some to two of his friends. I am not married. I just needed money and I was tempted to collect the notes.”
The younger brother, Ifeanyi, who was the first to be arrested, also denies producing the fake notes, claiming it was only given to him by his brother.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said investigation was ongoing into the matter, and the police had launched a manhunt for the runaway Aba trader.