115 arrested in Enugu for currency racketeering

115 arrested in Enugu for currency racketeering

115 suspected currency racketeers arrested in Enugu State

Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun

…. N110m, $8,368 recovered

One hundred and fifteen suspected currency racketeers were arrested in Enugu State on Wednesday in a joint operation involving operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Nigeria Police Force and and the Nigeria Customs Service.

The suspects comprising 113 males and two females were arrested in a sting operation at Owerri Road, Ogui, Enugu State, following credible intelligence about some bureau de change operators, currency speculators and street hawkers operating illegal foreign exchange markets in that environment, the EFCC said in a statement by its spokesperson, Dele Oyewale.

According to the statement items recovered from them include: N110, 700,000.00 ( One Hundred and Ten Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira only), $8,368.00( Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Sixty Eight United States Dollars), £145.00( One Hundred and Forty Five Pounds), €2,725( Two Thousand, Seven Hundred Twenty Five Euros), 900 South African Rands, 32,000.00 CFA, 100 Turkiya, and 500 Bank Mozambique currencies in different denominations.

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A safe abandoned by one of the street hawkers was also recovered.

EFCC added tha preliminary investigation showed that some of the suspects are foreigners from Niger Republic.

They would soon be charged to court.

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