Two suspected fraudsters, Mustapha Umar, 33, and Abubakar Fannami, 30, in Damaturu have been arrested in Yobe.
They were arrested by the Yobe Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
ASC Bala Garba, the Command’s Public Relations Officer disclosed this in an interview on Monday.
Garba said on April 13 at about 1300hrs, a laundry shop owner, Hassan Bulama reported to the command that two young persons entered his shop and stole two sets of clothes.
Garba said the suspects escaped abandoning their handbag at the scene which contained nine pieces of fake $100 notes, 14 SIM cards, 10 ATM cards, and a diary containing names and phone numbers of about 500 people.
He said the two suspects were traced and arrested in Damaturu on April 15, while one of their accomplices escaped.
Garba added that preliminary investigation revealed that both suspects were residents of Maiduguri who lodged at Hayas Motel, Damaturu.
According to him, the two confessed to producing counterfeit money for over four years.
“They voluntarily confessed that they have been making huge money from their victims.
“They scam their victims mostly using the names of spirits (aljannu),” he explained.
He said the suspects would be handed over to relevant authorities for prosecution after the completion of the investigation.