A man hoping to beat security checks while attempting to lodge counterfeit dollars at an Ikeja, Lagos Mainland branch of United Bank for Africa, UBA plc, has landed in trouble. Dare Samuel, 25, was suspected by one of the bank’s staff to be carrying fake $38,000 (about N7m), before the police were called in to arrest him.
After his arrest, Samuel was later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, where he was grilled and subsequently arraigned in a magistrate court.
The police claimed Samuel had some accomplices in the alleged crime, currently on the run. Police prosecutor, Rita Momah, an inspector, preferred a two-count forgery charge against the accused for violating Section 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State. Samuel took a non-guilty plea when the charges were read to him, and upon which the magistrate,
A.0. Ajibade, (Mrs.), admitted him a bail of N150,000 and two sureties, who are worth the sum. The sureties, the magistrate said, must have blood relation with the suspect, with known addresses and verifiable means of livelihood. The matter was adjourned till January 28, 2015.