Tuesday 2 June 2015

Police uncover fake currencyfactory in Ibadan

The Oyo State Police Command has discovered a
place in a remote village of Ibadan, where
thousands of fake pounds, euros, dollars and other
foreign currencies were being produced.
The Commissioner of Police in the state,

Mohammed Katsina, said that the discovery was
made by the command’s ambush squad in a village
called Ojoku in Badeku, Ona-Ara Local Government
Area of the state. The police described the area as
fast transforming to an abode for criminals, having
earlier served as a kidnappers’ den.
Our correspondent, who visited the scene of the
crime on Monday, discovered that the police had
cordoned off the compound shielded by tall trees
and thick bushes.
Two Toyota Camry cars with number plate AA 125
DK and AA 207 DH and a Nissan Almera lift back
model with number plate AGL 882 DF were found in
the compound, which was fenced with corrugated
iron sheets.
Several notes of fake foreign currencies littered the
Apart from being a fake currency factory, the place
also served as a shrine where several criminal
activities were perpetrated.
There are two houses in the compound with at least
six rooms adorned with various statues to give the
impression that the place is being used as a shrine.
The walls were decorated with the group’s
description of gods to scare victims.
Ismail Adesina, 43, who was arrested at the scene,
said he did not know anything about the currencies
and that the owners had escaped.
He said he was a herbalist and that he had been
involved in several financial crimes under the
pretext of helping victims to cure ailments and
Adesina added that the owners of the three vehicles
were canvassers who combed the town to woo
He said, “I am a herbalist and I inherited the skill
from my father. I am also a conman. I cured
diabetes, barrenness, blindness and other ailments.
I have cured many people. My partner, who
escaped yesterday, knows how the currencies
were produced. Taju and Wasiu are my other
partners. We have been here for about four years.
We collected varying sums of money from our
victims but we do not kidnap people. We bought the
land in the bush and built the houses. I am a native
of Beyerunka in Ibadan. The names of our victims
are with my partners.
Adesina said his wife had left him and taken his
child away because he could not provide for them.
He added that he had bought a car from the
proceeds of criminal activities but had to sell it.
Asked if his father also taught him how to swindle
people through fake healing, Adesina said that he
was a genuine herbalist before he took to the crime.
The police said apart from taken money from their
victims, the suspects also devised a way of gagging
them by taking their nude pictures and threaten to
release them if they failed to keep the secret.

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