A 37-year-old man, Abubakar Suleiman was on Monday paraded by the Niger state Police Command in possession of 88 bundles of fake dollar notes worth eight hundred and eighty dollars.
Addressing Journalists at the State Command, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abigail Unaeze said that Suleiman was arrested when he took the money to one Engineer Abdullahi Sambo of Shango area in Minna.
The suspect was reported to the Chanchaga police division by one of the relatives of Sambo, Mamman Manya who suspected some shady deal with Abubakar showed the money to Sambo who is sick.
Speaking with the suspect who was a foreman with SALINI construction company, Kaduna, he confessed that he was in possession of the fake dollar notes but was ordered to deliver the fake currency to Engineer Sambo and that he does not know the real owner of the money.
Accordingly, he said “the money was given to me by an intermediary called Khalifa but the owners of the money are ‘genies’ (invicible).
“I am on errand. The whole thing is just like a mystery. I was called by some unknown persons to contact Kahlifa who will give me something to take to Engineer Sambo in Minna.
“The people promised to help me financially. When I got to Minna, I went to Sambo’s house, on getting there, his relatives called the police that I brought fake notes to their father.”
When asked what the money was meant for, Abubakar said, “I do not know what the money is meant for. I was only told to deliver it to Engineer Sambo. I am on errand and it was not my business to know if the notes are fake. I was doing what I was sent.”
He said that all efforts to call the Khalifa proved abortive as he no longer picks his calls.
Meanwhile, the Police said that Abubakar is part of a syndicate who specialises in the circulation of fake currency notes adding that the police is on the trail of the other members of the syndicate.