A self-styled pastor was paraded along with 15 other suspects for allegedly printing and circulating fake naira notes.
Mr. Mike Fubara, the State Director of State Security Service (SSS) in Kogi, paraded the suspects, revealed that six of them are Pastor Godson Akubuiro’s children.
The suspects and the seized items. Top right is Pastor Akubuiro
49-year-old Pastor Akubuiro, who was born in Imo State, is the General Overseer of The Mountain of Breakthrough Deliverance Ministry, also known as Land of Solution, located at Plot 7, Koya Estate, Igbo Olomu, Agric, Ikorodu, Lagos from where he and other suspects were arrested.
The SSS boss said the investigation started four months ago due to “worrisome fake naira currency in circulation in Kogi State”.
The breakthrough in the operation happened when the SSS traced and arrested the 16-man syndicate led by Rev. Godson O. Akubuiro.
Items recovered from the suspects include equipment and materials used in printing fake currencies, a large quantity of printed fake notes, cut to size blank currency notes and N1.3 million fake naira notes.
There were also photocopier machines and different colours of oil paints.
Pastor Akubuiro, admitted the crime before reporters, said he was “an ordained man of God” until the devil overwhelmed him.
He further narrated that the criminal activity started in November 2012 in his house, along with his family members.
Pastor Akubuiro also added he was not using the money for himself, but in support of the less-privileged and the needy in his congregation.
He pleaded for leniency, saying men of God were often tempted like King David in the Bible, who though a man after God’s heart, fell many times yet was pardoned by God.SSS urged the public to be wary of the fake naira notes in circulation and report suspects to security agents.