Suspected Counterfeit Dealers Disclose Bigger Network in Uganda

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Police in Jinja has gathered information linking three Nigerian nationals arrested over trading in counterfeit currency to a bigger group in Uganda yet to be disclosed.

 Police in Jinja has gathered information linking three Nigerian nationals arrested over trading in counterfeit currency to a bigger group in Uganda yet to be disclosed.

The three suspects were arrested on Tuesday with counterfeit currency worth 35 million shillings.

The suspects were identified as Valentine Ujeke, 37, Towa Kawawa and Steven Asobasi, aged 32.

Ujeke told police that they are residents of Makindye in Kampala and have a bigger group operating in Uganda.

Lawrence Eriso, Kakira Sugar factory security manager, says they were arrested after they conned a cashier at the factory of 35 million shillings pretending to be businessmen who had come to buy sugar, but did not have Ugandan currency with them.

They were handed over to Jinja police to carry out further investigations.

Samson Lubega, South Eastern regional police spokesperson, says the three are being investigated over other allegations of selling apparatus used in making counterfeit currency.

He says Jinja has in the last four months experienced increased cases of counterfeit currency in circulation. Three people have been arrested and taken to court in the last four months and are serving jail sentences.

The most prone areas are Mafubira Sub County and Bugembe town council trading centres.

In November 2011, police in Jinja arrested15 men who were part of a racket of counterfeit currency dealers.