Actress Arrested For Selling New Naira Notes
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested an actress Sinmisola Gold whose birth name is Omoseyin Oluwadarasimi Esther, with the Twitter handle of SinmisolaLala, offering new naira notes for sale on social media. The arrest was as a result of intelligence received which led the ICPC operatives to seek out and promptly arrest the suspect on Wednesday 2, February 2023.
Omoseyin , a social media “serial entrepreneur” and actress 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 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 spokesperson Azuka Ogugua confirmed the arrest, ‘she is currently in ICPC detention and is helping the Commission with its findings on the criminal trading of the naira and the attendant scarcity and negative economic outcomes being caused by the action’.
The action is in furtherance of the collaboration between CBN, ICPC and EFCC in implementing the new cashless policy and naira redesign.