Police debunks discovery of spoilt Billions of Naira found in Benue

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A viral video has shown residents in Benue State flocking to a riverside where a stash of cash was found in a warehouse.

According to the residents, billions of old notes kept in sacks have been defaced beyond repairs.

Meanwhile, the Benue State Police Command has debunked the video trending on social media purported to be bags of rotten naira notes discovered in a store at the Police Barracks in the Wadata area of Makurdi town.

In a statement issued in Makurdi by its Public Relations Officer, Superintendent, SP, Catherine Anene described the video as a ‘misinformation’.

It however promised to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

The statement read in part:

“On December 13, 2022 at about 12 noon information was received at A Police Division Makurdi, that hidden Naira notes were recovered from Police Barracks Wadata.

“Police detectives sent on 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 Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for waste management.

“He added that these wasted papers are usually gotten from CBN and processed into mosquito repellents. Investigation has been extended to CBN for confirmation.”