Several Nigerians have reacted over the arrest of a popular actress, Omoseyin Oluwadarasimi Esther, popularly known as Simisola Gold by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), over claims of selling the new naira notes.
The report of the event which led to her arrest was revealed by the ICPC’s spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua in Abuja, on Wednesday. Ogugua asserted that her arrest was a result of intelligence gathering which made the agency’s operatives seek out and arrest the actress.
Omoseyin who is also a social media influencer was accused of conniving with some key individuals in the financial sector of the country who are diverting the new naira notes from banking halls.
The statement titled, ‘ICPC arrests woman offering new Naira notes for sale’ read, “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.
“The arrest was a result of intelligence received which led the ICPC operatives to seek out and promptly arrest the suspect. 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”
“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.”
In the statement, it was noted that the entertainer and social media influencer is currently in detention and she is assisting the agency with its investigations
The statement further read, “Oluwadarasimi 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.”