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Liberian man nabbed over fake currency

Dec 8, 2009, 1:35 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

A Liberian national, Samuel Johnson was last Friday nabbed by the police following reports that he was circulating fake dollars.

According to Superintendent Sulayman Secka, the Police Public Relations Officer, as narrated by Samuel Johnson, when he arrived at the Gambian border he was in possession of 420, 000 CFA, which he changed into dollars amounting to 900 Dollars.

As he stated, Samuel said he went to the Albert Market in Banjul, where he changed the first 200 Dollars, amounting to D5, 600 and then proceeded to Bakau where he was directed to meet somebody who should connect him to the boat voyages to Europe through the back way.

He said that Samuel asserted that the man he was directed to told him that he should wait until later time, as according to him, he was at the time staying with one Fatou, a Senegalese national.

He said it was not until last Friday when he returned to the Albert Market to change another 100 Dollars, unfortunately for him, he said he ran out of luck as the first man who helped him change the first 200 Dollars recognised him and he was apprehended.

According to him, when he was caught he unsuccessfully tried to swallow the 100 Dollars.

He said during the scramble Mr. Johnson's wallet fell down, and hehanded it over to one lady. He said the wallet was searched and in it was 700 Dollars, which is believed to be a false currency.

According to PRO Secka, the notes were sent to the Central Bank for testing.

He stressed that the Gambia Police Force has not taken the issue of fake currency lightly, noting that it causes negative impact on the economy of the country.

But he added that the police alone cannot do it, saying they need the co-operation of the public.