In an effort to combat fakes and substandard in Nigeria, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Ogun State Command 1 reportedly said it has apprehended a man with 2.5 million fake Nigerian currency notes during patrol by the anti-smuggling unit of the service.
According to NCS Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada, he reportedly said NCS Ogun State Command 1 arrested one Samson Odejiba who was in possession of the fake notes at Ihunbo checking point along Sango-Idiroko road.
Maiwada reportedly said that the suspect assented to the allegation while confessing that one Alfa contracted him and promised to remunerate him with N5,000 if he delivers them to Owode-Yewa.
Maiwada added that the anti-smuggling team also intercepted 40 drums of ethanol stamped by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for industrial use.
Maiwada noted that counterfeiters distribute the products to unsuspected members of the public who mix it with water and sell as an alcoholic beverage in Idiroko and neighboring towns of the state.
He added that the ethanol is imported from the Republic of Benin for industrial use but the suspects sell it to final consumers without going through industrial processing and when consumed, it is harmful to the health of the citizenry.