Eight persons were on Wednesday arraigned before an Abuja Magistrates’ Court on three counts of joint act, public nuisance and being in possession of counterfeit dollars.
They are Joseph Adamu, 32, Uzoma Ajunbu, 27, Michael John, 36, Joseph Ibeh, 32, Ugochukwu Chikudi, 28, Sunday Chinyere, 40, Nsikak Matthias, 35,? and Samson Emmanuel, 34.
Police prosecutor Simon Emmanuel told the court that the suspects were arrested on April 24 at various locations in Jabi, Kado, Anguwan Cement and Dape village, Abuja, by a combined team of detectives attached to Life Camp Police Station.?
Emmanuel said the team, acting on information, raided black spots identified as criminal hideouts in the areas.?
He said the accused were caught in groups at the various locations with valuables and counterfeit dollars they used in defrauding people.
The prosecutor said the offence is contrary to sections 79, 198 and 439 of the Penal Code.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate, Hajiya Sadiya Mayana, granted the accused bail in the sum of N20,000 each with two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must be a civil servant on GL 12 or above, she said.
Mayana adjourned the case to May 17 for further hearing.