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18.06.2004 General News

CEPS intercepts fake CFA and dollar notes

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Accra June 18, GNA - The Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) has arrested two persons involved in the smuggling of 376,000 fake dollars and 20.8 million fake CFA into the country.

The suspects are Sampson Olabisi, a Nigerian driver and Naimatu Wahab a trader.

Briefing the press, Mr Pius Alfred Austin, Assistant Commissioner, Public Relations Department said on June 1, this year at about 0950, one of their officers attached to the Vehicle Examination Section at the Aflao border, escorted Olabisi, a driver of Peugeot 505 estate car with registration number GR 8444H to its investigation unit at the Aflao Border.

Mr Austin said, Olabisi had on him bundles of fake currencies amounting to 376,000 US dollars and 20,838,000 fake CFA wrapped in brown papers. During interrogation, Olabisi said a woman whose name he did not disclose gave the luggage to him in Lagos to be delivered to Naimatu whom he did not know but was asked to call on phone on arrival.

Officers from Aflao, Dabala as well as a task force in Accra jointly arrested Naimatu in front of Kings Hotel at Tudu where she was waiting to collect the money.

Mr Austin said the suspects have been handed over to the police.