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Police arrest husband, wife two others for currency counterfeiting in Lagos

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested four persons for printing and spending fake money in Lagos.

The suspects include a man and his wife , were arrested by the operatives of the Zone  2 Police Command, Lagos, reportedly printed millions of naira and CFA, which they spent in Cameroon.

They were on Friday paraded before newsmen by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the zone, Olatoye Durosinmi.

Fake nine million naira and three hundred CFA were recovered from the suspects, who were reportedly arrested in Lagos Island.

The police identified the suspects as:  Adeniyi Quadri, Oludare Oluwayemisi, Oludare Olamilekan, and Ilelaboye John.

Quadri told newsmen that he was paid N10,000 to print one million fake N1,000 notes.

The suspect added that he was recruited into the syndicate by Olamilekan Oludare who, according to him, is the head of the syndicate in Lagos Island

“I am paid N10,000 to print 1000 pieces of fake N1,000 notes. Already, I have printed about N9 million before my arrest. I was paid N50,000 to do the job,” the suspect said.

He added; ” I was introduced into the business by Olamilekan Oludare about five years ago. He comes to me four times a year aside from printing fake notes, I do other printing jobs but my biggest client is Olamilekan,” Quadri confessed.

“We sell some of the fake foreign currencies to Bureau the change operators while my wife who is a POS operator also hands out some of the fake naira notes to customers,” he added.

Olamilekan confessed that his wife helped in the distribution of the fake foreign currencies among Bureau De Change operators.

The team swung into action and on February 3,  2024, the hideout of one Adeniyi Quadri of No. 11 Alof Street, Lagos Island was invaded where Adeniyi Quadri was arrested. A printing machine used in printing security threads on all sorts of counterfeited currencies was recovered along with fake cash of three hundred million CFA and nine million Naira. All suspected to be counterfeit were recovered in his possession.

AIG Durosinmi said; “Adeniyi Quadri confessed to having been in the business of currency counterfeiting for over three years and also named his cohort who he supplies for circulation.

“His confession led to the arrest of Oludare Oluwayemisi  and Oludare Olamilekan who are couple and partners in the crime.”

The police boss also stated; “The arrested couple also confessed to the crime which led to the arrest of one Ilelabayo Johnson’ an ex-Military personnel who resides at No.3 Ilelabayo close, Isoto via Ajasa Command Lagos.

“During his arrest, his house and premises were searched and some suspected counterfeit local and foreign currencies were recovered in his possession.”

AIG Durosinmi claimed; “All the arrested suspects confessed to various roles in the process of committing this offence.

“Efforts are intensified to apprehend fleeing members”.

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Lagos clampdown on illegal estate development

The Lagos State Government has clamped down on illegal estate developments around the Epe corridor of the state.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Oluyinka Olumide, said this in a statement on Saturday in Lagos.

He stated that he led a special joint exercise to the axis on Thursday and Friday, based on the directive of the state executive council.

He mentioned some of the areas covered during the exercise to include: Alaro City, Okorisan, Igbodu, Molajoye, Shaala, Ketu, and Epe.

Olumide said notices were also served on estate developments such as Patriot Bay Estate, Smart City Estate, the Legend and Hilton Royal Garden.

Others are Greenland Estate, Legacy City, Isinmi Lagos, Dominion City, Topview Estate, and Ibi Alafia, among others.

He pointed out that erring estate developers were requested to visit relevant authorities to perfect their documents.

According to him, under no circumstances should any developer go ahead to start the development of estates without obtaining layout approval, planning permit, and fencing permit as may be required.

The commissioner added that the requirements were necessary to ensure the attainment of an organised, livable and sustainable built environment.

Olumide explained that layout approval was required for proper arrangement of the estate to give room for appropriate services and infrastructure, while the planning permit addressed the planning requirements on individual plots in the estate.

He urged property up-takers and buyers to be wary of investing in estates without approval, to avoid needless embarrassment from government officials.

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Police detain ADC to Fmr. Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

The aide-de-camp (ADC) to former Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has been arrested and detained by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The Female police officer and others were arrested days after the former governor evaded arrest by EFCC operatives on Wednesday, April 17.

The officers were taken into custody on suspicion of aiding and abetting Bello’s escape from EFCC operatives.

The anti-graft agency had stormed Bello’s house to arrest him over allegations of money laundering and financial misconduct while in office.

The Nigeria Police Force has yet to release an official statement regarding the arrests, but police sources say the officers could face charges related to obstruction of justice or conspiracy to hinder a law enforcement operation.

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Zamfara govt suspends commandant state security outfit over allegations of poor funding

The Zamfara State Government has suspended the Commandant of the local security outfit, Community Protection Guards, CPG, Colonel Rabiu Garba (retd).

This is contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mallam Abubakar Nakwadahe and made available to newsmen in Gusau, the State capital.

The statement said in part, “This is to inform the general public that, Zamfara State government has suspended Colonel Rabiu Garba as Commandant of the state Community Protection Guards”.

“The suspension takes immediate effect”.

According to DAILY POST no reason for his suspension was given but it was gathered that the suspension may not be unconnected with the radio live program he granted where he accused the state government of poor funding of the Community Protection Guards.

In a radio live program at the Vision FM radio Gusau, Colonel Garba said the state government has failed to give financial support to the Protection Guards.

He lamented that since their inauguration, the state government has not provided them with any takeoff grant.

Garba also said the officials of the protection guards were paid their salary only once since they were appointed four months ago.

He said members of the Community Protection Guards have been suffering from poor funding from the state government, a situation which he said has been crippling their activities in the fight against banditry.

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