In The Bag Fake recharge cards syndicate arrested in Uyo

Fake recharge card sellers, Etini Solomon and Itohowo Joseph, have been nabbed by Policemen in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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Etini Solomon and Itohowo Joseph

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Two men who specialized in making fake recharge card vouchers, and selling same to members of the public as genuine, have been arrested by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State.

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According to reports, the young men, Etini Solomon, 21, from Abak Local Government Area and Itohowo Joseph, 22, who is from Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, were apprehended by detectives after a tip off from members of the public on the nefarious activities.

While parading the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, stated that the syndicate was smashed on March 7, through intelligence.

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"On March 7, 2016, at 9am, our detectives apprehended Solomon while selling fake recharge cards to members of the public.

On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime; a search was conducted and some recharge cards were recovered in his possession.

Solomon confessed to the police that Itohowo Joseph was the person that gave him fake codes to enable him to print the recharge cards.

The suspect further stated that one Joseph supplied him with some codes.”

The commissioner listed the recharge cards recovered from him to include N 71, 600 worth of MTN; N105, 800 worth of Airtel, N39, 900 worth of Etisalat and N36, 300 worth of Glo vouchers, bringing the total to N253,300.

Solomon, in his statement, said he did not know the cards were fake.

“I bought the cards from this man (Joseph), I did not know the cards were fake.  It was on March 5, that I gave him N25,000.”

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