The Niger State Police Command has arrested a Catholic Church Catechist and two others for participating within the sale of counterfeit foreign money of about N15,800,000.
The trio of Emmanuel Akazuwa, 42, Catechist Sabastine Dabu, 48 and Umar Mohammed, 50, had been arrested in a resort within the Kontagora space of the state whereas attempting to get a purchaser for the N15.8million of their possession.
Speaking to newsmen when he was paraded, Akazuwa, who mentioned he’s a farmer, claimed to have purchased the faux foreign money from one Nifom on the price of N150,000 including that he hoped to promote it and make a achieve from it to purchase a industrial bike.
He mentioned that he met Catechist Dabu at a Cathedral Congress in Makurdi, who promised to help him to promote the foreign money.
He mentioned the Catechist referred to as him and mentioned he ought to come right down to Niger state with the foreign money.
“This is my first time in this business. I wanted to just sell it and use the money I get to buy a motorcycle for commercial business. I know it was fake and it is criminal and that is why I did not use it all through the time I was given.
“I met the Catechist at a Congress in Makurdi and he promised me that he will get a buyer for me. I met him in Mokwa junction and from there, we proceeded to Kontagora but we could not sell it, rather, we were arrested,” he mentioned.
Dabu, a farmer and Catechist in Kebbi, mentioned he bought concerned within the deal as a result of he was struggling and wanted cash to maintain his household.
“I have never done this before but the suffering was too much that is why I decided to get involved and whatever money I get from this, I will use it to help myself and my family.
“It was due to suffering that I decided to connect Emmanuel with Umar who said he will get a buyer for us.
“The person was meant to buy each million for N150,000 and we would have made money if we succeeded but we didn’t.
“As a Catechist, it is temptation that made me get involved in this. Nobody is above temptation.
“I am a Catechist in a Catholic church in Kebbi and I have not been involved in this before. I feel bad for being caught. I wonder what I will tell the congregation and my children. It was really temptation.”
The Niger police spokesman, DSP Abiodun Wasiu, mentioned the suspects might be arraigned in court docket as quickly because the investigation is concluded.