The Benue State Police Command has debunked reports of the discovery of naira notes allegedly stashed at a police barracks located at Wadata in Makurdi.
The clarification was contained in a statement by the state police public relations officer (PPRO), SP Catherine Anene.
She stated that the police, during the investigation, discovered that the bags contained wasted papers that would be processed into a mosquito repellent.
It read, “On 13/12/2022, at about 1200hrs, information was received at A Police Division, Makurdi, that hidden naira notes were recovered from Police Barracks, Wadata.
“Police detectives sent on an investigation to the scene recovered wasted papers in a shop close to Wadata Police Barracks, Makurdi.
“The owner of the shop, Mr Isah Suleiman, was invited for questioning and he tendered a licence issued to him by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for waste management.”
Suleiman was quoted as saying that, “These wasted papers are usually gotten from CBN and processed in mosquito repellents.”
The police said the investigation has been extended to CBN for confirmation.
Recall that last Tuesday, news went viral that hidden naira notes were recovered from the barracks.