Nigerian ‘Pastor’ Nabbed With US$12,700 Banknotes
By Justice R. Clarke and Dudu M. Kamara
The Liberia National Police (LNP) has arrested a Nigerian national for allegedly counterfeiting and spilling into the Liberian market counterfeit United States dollars in the tone of $237,300, all in the denomination of $50 bills.
Suspect Amos John Iledare who said he runs the Testimony Church of God in Duazon, lower Margibi County, was arrested on May 25.His arrest followed the tracing of fake US$3,600 that the police found with his son’s friend.
Addressing the press Monday at the LNP Headquarters in Monrovia, Inspector General Patrick Sudue said preliminary investigation shows that the culprit, from February 27 has been sneaking the false currency into the economy from a whole of $250,000 testified to be ‘dubiously’ remitted to him “from a friend in Nigeria”.
The police displayed US$12,700 of the fake currency during the press briefing.
Col. Sudue said there might be a syndicate involved in the “black money business,” and that the police will “dig deeper,” including tracing the source of money.
Inspector General Sudue has urged the public and business people to countercheck banknotes they receive in transactions.
The police boss further averred that such crime has hurt the Liberian economy and could be one of the factors responsible for the skyrocketing exchange rate of the US dollar against the Liberian dollar.
He added that the police will adopt new security and screening measures at the official entry points of the country in search for fake monies being smuggled by unscrupulous persons.
To do that, he said, the LNP will work in close collaboration with the other security apparatuses as well as with Customs officials who will escort trucks to their final destinations in country to execute rigorous x-raying of baggage.
Meanwhile, suspect Iledare told journalists while he was paraded at the press briefing that all he can do is to beg for mercy.
“They truly found the safe in my house with the counterfeit but I wasn’t using it.”
He said the last time he was arrested in Liberia in connection to such crime was in 2004.
Iledare is undergoing further investigation and will be charged accordingly for court trial, said IG Sudue.(LINA).