- The DSS in Lagos state has arraigned one John Edem for allegedly attempting to print fake naira notes
- The security agency said that it received a petition against Edem in December 2016
- For the sake of further proceedings, the presiding judge, Justice Saliu Saidu, adjourned the case to Tuesday, January 8
A suspect, John Edem, in a court trial that commenced on Monday, January 7, has been accused by the Department of State Services (DSS) of attempting to print counterfeit naira notes worth not less than N20bn, Punch reports.
The case was presided over by one Justice Saliu Saidu of the Federal High Court in Lagos. The DSS' lawyer, E.K. Ugwu, claimed that the suspect violated the provisions of “the Counterfeit Currency Offences Act, 2004.”
During the hearing, Peter Uche, the DSS' principal officer in charge of investigation in Lagos office, testified as the first prosecution witness against Edem.
Led in evidence by Ugwu, Uche told the court that the DSS received a petition against Edem way back in December 2016.
Uche revealed that the petition, authored by one Francis Okowa, was delivered to him in his office on December 7, 2016, about 4pm by one Grant from the law firm of Rickey Tarfa (SAN).
He also said that the petitioner, a client of Rickey Tarfa’s chamber, alleged in his petition that the defendant, Edem, was plotting to print naira notes, worth N20bn.
Uche said: “Based on the petition, I went to my director and immediately a team was constituted to identify and arrest him (Edem).
“The following day, around 2pm, we were able to apprehend the suspect along Governor’s Drive, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi. The team was split into two; one to go and search his house while the other was to search his company. I led the team that went to his house on Banana Island in the evening of the same day.
“We went into the house; we recovered items that we believe support the petition. Some of the items we recovered were 92 pieces of golden colour holograms, a textbook and handbooks on how to print currencies. We also recovered a manual numbering machine.”
He further stated that he took statements from Edem on December 9, and 11, 2016, and that though the defendant denied the allegation, the items recovered from his house corroborated the allegations levied against him.
Justice Saidu admitted in evidence the 92 pieces of golden colour holograms, which the witness said were recovered from Edem’s residence.
The judge also admitted in evidence a textbook with the title, ‘Optical Document on Security,’ and the handbooks said to contain instructions on how to print currencies and the manual numbering machine. The two statements by the Edem were admitted as exhibits.
However, Edem's lawyer, Idris Faro, sought an adjournment to cross-examine the witness. Justice Saidu adjourned till Tuesday, January 8, for further proceedings.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the police command in Jigawa on Tuesday, October 15, said it had arrested four suspected armed robbers in Gwaram local government area of the state.
The commissioner of police in the state, Bala Senchi, announced this at a news conference in Dutse, and said that the suspects had been terrorizing residents of the locality.
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