The State Security Service in Kogi State in Lokoja on Tuesday announced the arrest of a syndicate, including a pastor, over the alleged printing and circulation of fake naira notes.

The Director of SSS, Mr. Mike Fubara, said when he presented the suspects to newsmen that the syndicate included 15 others, including the pastor’s six children.

He named the pastor as Godson Akubuiro, the General Overseer of The Mountain of Breakthrough Deliverance Ministry, Lagos.

The PUNCH had reported on Tuesday that a 27-member gang of gunmen, believed to be kidnappers, had abducted Akubuiro and his six children in their Ikorodu area of Lagos home on Friday last week.

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Fubara said SSS in its effort to trace the source of the ”worrisome fake naira currency in circulation in the state undertook a covert operation to uncover those behind the act’’.

He added, “This operation took the service close to four months before a breakthrough resulting in the arrest of the 16-man syndicate led by Reverend Godson O. Akubuiro.”

He said the operation took security agents to The Breakthrough Church, also known as Land of Solution, located at Plot 7, Koya Estate, Igbo Olomu, Agric, Ikorodu, Lagos.

He said the suspects were being investigated preparatory to their prosecution.

The director said items recovered from the suspects included equipment and materials used in printing fake currencies.

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