N110m, $8,368 recovered as EFCC, JTF arrest 115 currency racketeers in Enugu

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No fewer than 115 suspected currency racketeers have been arrested in Enugu State.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) disclosed this in a Thursday statement.

The EFCC said operatives of its Enugu Zonal Command made the arrests in conjunction with a Joint Task Force comprising five teams from the Nigeria Police Force and three teams from the Nigeria Customs Service on Wednesday, February 21.

The suspects comprising 113 males and two females were arrested in a sting operation at Owerri Road, Ogui, Enugu State, following credible intelligence about some bureau de change operators, currency speculators and street hawkers operating illegal foreign exchange markets in that environment.

“Items recovered from them include N110.7 million only, $8,368, £145, €2,725, 900 South African Rands, 32,000 CFA, 100 Turkiya, and 500 Bank Mozambique currencies in different denominations. A safe abandoned by one of the street hawkers was also recovered.

“Preliminary investigation showed that some of the suspects are foreigners from Niger Republic.

“They would soon be charged to court,” the statement read in part.

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