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Saturday, 25 February 2023 07:54

ICPC arrests man with ‘N900k new notes linked to politician’

One Hassan Ahmad has been apprehended and detained for alleged possession of N2 million in old and new notes in Bauchi, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has disclosed.

Azuka Ogugua, ICPC spokesperson, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday.

He said Ahmad was arrested with N900,000 cash in new notes and N1.1 million in old notes.

Ahmad was said to have been arrested by troops of 33 artillery brigade deployed to Alkaleri in Bauchi.

Ogugua added that the suspect confessed that the money was being conveyed on behalf of a politician to Gombe state.

The name of the politician was, however, not given in the statement.

“The suspect was arrested on Friday by the Troops of 33 Artillery Brigade Operation Safe Conduct deployed to Alkaleri in Bauchi State and handed over to the Bauchi State Office of the anti-graft agency,” the ICPC spokesperson said.

“Ahmad was in possession of N900,000 cash in new naira notes and N1.1 million in old naira notes and the funds were being conveyed in a tinted black Hilux vehicle with registration number JMA 85 AZ.

“The funds, which were packed in a “Ghana Must Go” bag, comprise six bundles of one thousand naira new notes of N600,000; six bundles of five hundred naira new notes of N300,000, and old two hundred naira notes of N1.1 million.”

Earlier on Friday, the Rivers police command arrested Chinyere Igwe, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the house of representatives, with $498,100 cash.

Hours after Igwe’s arrest, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) announced the discovery of N32.4 million suspected to be for vote-buying in Lagos state.

Over the past few weeks, Nigerians have battling cash scarcity amid the naira redesign policy.

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