Five women arrested in Ogun State for allegedly hawking and selling Naira notes

Ogun State Police Command have arrested five women for allegedly hawking and selling Naira notes across the state.

The suspects - Toyin Alegbe, Kehinde Akinbode, Shoneye Latifat, Kehinde Olanrewaju and Iyanuoluwa Shokunbi - were arrested in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu and Abeokuta during sting operations jointly carried out by the operatives of the command and officials of Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th of April 2018.

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The offence is punishable under provision of section 21(1) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) act 2017.

Although punishable, selling of naira notes is a common trend across Nigeria especially at party venues.

The police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, made this known to journalists on Sunday, adding that the suspects were arrested in various parts of the state.

Mr Oyeyemi said various denominations of Naira notes totaling N1.56 million was recovered from the suspects who were publicly exhibiting their trades.

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“The Commissioner of Police equally warned members of the public to desist from any act capable of soiling, abusing or destroying the Naira which is one of the symbols of our national identity,” he said.