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Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 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, 2024 arrested 115 (One hundred and fifteen) suspected currency racketeers in Enugu State.

The suspects comprising 113 (One hundred and thirteen) 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, 700,000.00 ( One Hundred and Ten Million, Seven Hundred Thousand  Naira only),  $8,368.00( Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Sixty Eight United States Dollars), £145.00( One Hundred and Forty Five Pounds),  €2,725( Two Thousand, Seven Hundred Twenty Five Euros),  900 South African Rands,

32,000.00 CFA, 100 Turkiya, and 500 Bank Mozambique currencies in different denominations. A safe abandoned by one of the street hawkers was also recovered.

EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, said preliminary investigation showed that some of the suspects were foreigners from Niger Republic.

 He said they would soon be charged to court.

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