The Benue State Police Command and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Makurdi, have debunked the report trending on social media of the alleged discovery of old naira notes in the state capital, Makurdi.
A video that trended in the early hours of Wednesday showed a cache of Naira notes in sacks bags, with a lady voicing the video.
An official of EFCC who did chose to be anonymous said the office received the information of sacks of old naira notes and immediately deployed its men to the place. But on reaching there, they discovered that they were condemned notes from the CBN.
“It is true we heard information of old naira notes then we went to court to obtain a search warrant, on getting there, we found those condemned naira notes.
“The owner of the old naira notes said he bought them from the CBN. The old notes have been cut into pieces and squeezed, it is not money at all.
“I will send the pictures of the contents in the sacks that were discovered to you to see,” He said.
The Benue State Police Command also reacted to the report, describing it as unfounded.
According to Catherine Anene, the Benue State Command Spokesperson, the Naira notes were waste papers that were gotten from the CBN.
“On December 13, 2022, at about 12pm, information was received at a police division, Makurdi, that hidden naira notes were recovered from police barracks, Wadata.
“Police detectives sent on investigation to the scene recovered wasted papers in a shop close to Wadata Police Barracks, Makurdi.
“The owner of the shop, Mr. Isah Suleiman, was invited for questioning and he tendered a licence issued to him by the CBN for waste management.
“He added that these wasted papers were usually gotten from the CBN and processed in mosquito repellents. Investigation has been extended to the CBN for confirmation.” The statement reads in part.