Man escapes being lynched in Rivers market over suspected fake N1000 notes

Port Harcourt—Traders at the Mile 3 Market Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State have apprehended a man whose identity is yet-to-be ascertained and reported to be in possession of N1.3 million naira new notes in the market.

A trader, who identified herself as Rachael Jabin, told The Guardian that the man suspected to be a member of fake new naira note syndicate with another member of the gang had visited the market making purchases at different shops.

According to Jabin, some traders who the man bought goods from later observed that the new naira note given to them were counterfeit and started trailing him and other members of his syndicate. She said one of the men was apprehended by the traders and other customers in the market.

The market executives rescued the man from the mob who wanted to lynch him. The suspect was then handed over to the Nkpolu Divisional Police headquarters, Mile 3, but it was not clear if the counterfeit money were given to the police by the market executives.

The Chairman of the Mile 3 Ultra modern market, Gift Nkesi, who spoke through the head of the disciplinary committee of the market, Ibe Athinatus, said the executives did well to rescue the man from mob.

Athinatus also denied that the executives collected N1.3 million fake new naira notes from the suspect.

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