Just after a case of conspiracy and currency counterfeiting was reported to the EFCC on 12th April, 2018 by the Department of State Services, DSS Imo State command, where it was alleged that some group of persons were trading in counterfeit banknotes, Clementina Ndukwe, Anthony Njoku and Alexander Umunna have been arraigned before Justice Lewis Alagoa of the Federal High Court, Owerri, Imo State on six count charge bordering on Conspiracy and Currency Counterfeiting to the tune of N1, 147, 000 (One million, One Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand Naira) contrary to section 6(2) of the Counterfeit Currency (Special Provisions) Act, Cap C35, L.F.N. 2004 and punishable under section 5(1) (c) of the same Act.
The currency counterfeiting suspects who were arraigned on Friday 11th May, 2018, were arrested after EFCC’s investigation revealed that the prime suspect, Mrs. Clementina Ndukwe who sells bread at a popular bus stop in Owerri metropolis, had a link to other suspects in Lagos where she normally buys her counterfeit notes which were regularly sent to her by a driver of one of the new generation transport companies.
It was further gathered that the lady sell her counterfeit banknotes to the 2nd and 3rd defendants at the rate of N2,500 for every N25,000 counterfeit notes, the 2nd and 3rd accuse will afterward mix the counterfeit notes with genuine banknotes and thereafter transact normal businesses with them.
The suspect who pleaded not guilty to all the count charges preferred against them, even after the prosecuting counsel told the court that the sum of 1,147,000 worth of counterfeit notes was recovered from the lady’s shop alongside some papers cut to U.S dollars size which is used for production of fake dollar notes otherwise known as “Wash-Wash” in the local parlance.
In view of the accused person’s plea, the prosecuting counsel Barr. Marshal Onome Umukoro applied for a trial date while the defense counsels, Barr. N. B Nwaigwe and Barr. I.G. Nwachukwu applied for the bail of their respective clients.