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3 suspects arrested with N22.5m fake notes in Gombe

The Gombe State Police Command on Friday paraded three suspects alleged to be involved in motorcycle theft and fake currency dealings in the state.

The State Commissioner of Police , Mr Shina Olukolu told newsmen in Gombe that one of the suspects belong to a syndicate that specialized in motorcycle theft.

Olukolu said that 14 motorcycles were recovered from the man, who allegedly confessed to have stolen 17 motorcycles of recent.

The commissioner said that the rest of those arrested were nabbed in possession of N22.5 million fake currency notes.

“I am happy to report that credible information was received from members of the public which led to the arrest and recovery of the motorcycles.

“In addition, operatives at the Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad (FSARS) Gombe, caught the fake currency dealers during a stop and search operation around Biliri area.

“In the process, the sum of N22.5 million, all in N1,000 notes, were recovered. Investigation is on-going to arrest others involved in the crime,’’ he said.

During interrogation, one of the suspects said that the N22.5 million was to be sold for N225,000, while N100,000 was sold for N10,000.

The suspect regretted going into fake currency business and advised those still in the business to have a rethink as crime does not pay.

Another suspect said he had been in the fake currency business for over a year and operated between Gombe and Nasarawa states.

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