EFCC mentioned the operations have been carried out within the Zone 4 and Dei Dei axis of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) between Saturday and Monday.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested members of a syndicate of forex racketeers hoarding and buying and selling within the redesigned Naira notes in Abuja.
EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, mentioned in an announcement on Monday that the operations have been carried out within the Zone 4 and Dei Dei axis of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) between Saturday and Monday.
In accordance with the fee, the operation adopted intelligence on actions of unscrupulous forex speculators who have been exploiting determined residents by providing them the brand new Naira notes for foreign exchange at under the going charge.
The motion got here a day after the governor of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria, Godwin Emefile, mentioned the financial institution would collaborate with legislation enforcement companies like EFCC and the Unbiased Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC) to trace such heavy withdrawals.
The CBN additionally prolonged the deadline for the validity of the previous N200, N500 and N1,000 naira notes from 31 January to 10 February.
Many Nigerians had known as for the extension as a result of shortage of the brand new notes, regardless of the claims by the CBN that it had circulated sufficient of such.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported on Monday that the State Safety Service (SSS) arrested some forex merchants who’ve turned the sale of newly redesigned notes into brisk enterprise.
The key police additionally alleged that the perpetrators have been working in cahoots with officers of business banks.
The EFCC additionally mentioned its findings have revealed that a few of the cash merchants are working with officers of Cash Deposit Banks.
It additional mentioned the fee would prolong its operation to all the key business centres of the nation till all of the syndicates concerned within the unlawful commerce are demobilised
“The suspects have made helpful statements, together with disclosure that they have been appearing in cohort with some unscrupulous officers of Cash Deposit Banks.
“The Fee will prolong the operation to all the key business centres of the nation till all of the syndicates concerned within the unlawful commerce are demobilised. Monetary system operators are additionally warned to desist from the sharp practices or danger arrest and prosecution.
“Zonal Commanders of the EFCC right now, additionally met with officers of assorted banks of their Instructions in an effort to determine the amount of the brand new notes issued to the business banks and the way the banks have been dishing out the monies to their clients.”
The anti-corruption company urged monetary market operators to make sure comfvpliance with the rules set by the Central Financial institution of Nigeria.
“The Commanders urged the monetary market operators to make sure compliance with the rules set by the Central Bank of Nigeria, whereas disclosing that they’ve dispatched operatives throughout their Instructions to observe the extent of compliance by banks and different operators within the monetary market.”