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Two arrested by Police for printing fake recharge cards

Mr. Murtala Mani, commissioner of Police in the state, gave this information in Uyo yesterday while briefing journalists on the activities of the suspects

The Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase

Media reports reveal that the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested two men suspected of specialising in printing fake recharge cards.

Mr. Murtala Mani, commissioner of Police in the state, gave this information in Uyo yesterday while briefing journalists on the activities of the suspects.

Mani, represented by ASP Onyeka Orji, aide and former Police Public Relations Officer, stated that the syndicate was brought down on March 7, through intelligence information.

According to Mani, the suspects were Mr. Etini Solomon, 21, from Abak Local Government Area of the state and Mr. Itohowo Joseph, 22, from Nsit Ubium LGA.

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“On March 7, 2016 our team of detectives attached to the Area Command apprehended one Etini Christopher Solomon “M” of Ikot Ufen village in Abak LGA, who specialised on printing and selling fake recharged cards to members of public.

“On interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime; a search was conducted and… recharge cards were recovered on his possession,” the police commissioner said.

The recharge cards recovered include MTN, N71,600; Airtel, N105,800; Etisalat, N39,900, and Glo, N36,300, totalling N253,300, Mani said.

According to the Akwa Ibom police chief, Solomon confessed to the police that Joseph was the person who gave him the code and flash drive to print the recharge cards.

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“I bought the product from this man (Joseph), I did not know the product was invalid.  It was on March 5, that I gave him N25,000,” Solomon said.

The CP also announced the arrest and recovery of cash from a suspected robbery gang, who used a tricycle to rob innocent victims in Akwa Ibom.

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