The police at Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, have arrested three suspected fraudsters who dupe unsuspecting members of the public using fake dollars and a fake Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, certificate.
The suspects, Olasende Akinsiku, 40, Abiodun Akiniyi, 35, and Tajudeen Lasisi, 40, were arrested following a complaint by a retired Major General to Abba Kyari, the officer in charge of SARS, that he was swindled by the arrested suspects.
Akinsiku, who hails from Ondo state, said that they tell their victims that they stole the dollars from their place of work and wanted to convert it into naira at a cheap rate so that the victims will not suspect that the dollar notes were fake.
The graphic artist explained further that he was introduced into the crime by his friend, Abiodun alias Tokunbo Babatunde, the owner of the machine they use to print the fake dollars.
On how they were arrested, Akinsiku said it was when he went to meet the General at Women Development Centre, Agege, to collect another N40,000 with Abiodun that they were arrested by officers from SARS.
The Ewe, Oyo state-born Akiniyi in his confession said Ajibola Ajimson whom he referred to as his mentor introduced him to the General in 2010 and he met the General in Abuja at that time where the General concluded arrangement to come back to Lagos to transport the consignment with bullion van to Abuja.
In order to make the dollars which were neatly packed in a small steel box look real, the group forged a CBN certificate which has the inscription "Vol: $2.5 million", "domination" — mixed, Grade A.
One, and "consignee" the name of the retired General. Abiodun also forged a CBN identity card bearing the name Tunde Bakare (Mr.) with No.011.
While confirming the story, the Lagos state Police image maker, Ngozi Braide, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the suspect, will be arraigned as soon as investigation is concluded and warns youths to shun criminal acts.
The Lagos state police boss, Mr. Umar Manko, also promised criminals in the state hell if they did not stop their criminal acts.