A Nigerian actress based in Abuja has been taken into custody by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for attempting to sell the newly released Naira notes online.
Oluwadarasimi Omoseyin, who uses the handle @SimisolaGold and Twitter name Simisola of Lala, was apprehended by ICPC officials acting on intelligence.
According to a statement from ICPC spokesperson Mrs. Azuka Ogugua on February 1, 2023, Omoseyin is cooperating with the investigation but has not yet revealed the identities of any accomplices in the financial services sector.
The statement partly read: “Oluwadarasimi Omoseyin, a social media ‘serial entrepreneur,’ who deals in skincare, sales of fuel, facilitation of foreign travels through visa acquisitions, and other businesses, seized the opportunity of the scarcity of the new naira notes to openly market the new notes.
“It is believed that she is in collusion with key elements in the financial services sector diverting the newly released notes away from banking halls and payment channels into a ‘black market’.”
ICPC Arrests Woman Offering New Naira Notes for Sale
ICPC has today, 1st of February 2023, arrested a woman, Omoseyin Oluwadarasimi Esther, with the Twitter handle of Lala, offering new naira notes for sale on social media. pic.twitter.com/PXsCRloMAq
— ICPC Nigeria (@icpcnigeria) February 1, 2023
According to the ICPC spokesperson, the arrested suspect is being detained by the anti-corruption agency and is providing useful information regarding illegal currency trading and its impact on scarcity and negative consequences.