The Department of State Services, or DSS, has detained participants in an organized gang that distributed fresh Naira bills around the nation.
Although the DSS withheld the identities and locations of the suspects, the agency claimed in a statement on Monday that some commercial bank employees were complicit in the crime.
Dr. Peter Afunanya, the DSS’s public relations officer, released a statement threatening legal action against anyone responsible.
“The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby informs the public that it has intercepted some members of organized syndicates involved in the sale of the newly redesigned naira notes,” the statement said. During its operations in this regard in various parts of the country, it was also discovered that some Commercial Bank officials are aiding economic malfeasance.
“As a result, the Service warns currency racketeers to desist from this heinous act,” it continued. In the same vein, appropriate regulatory authorities are urged to increase monitoring and supervision activities to address emerging trends as soon as possible.
“It should be noted that the Service has ordered its Commands and Formations to further ensure that all persons and groups engaged in the illegal sale of the notes are identified. Therefore, anyone with useful information relating to this is encouraged to pass the same to the relevant authorities”.