Ahead of the Saturday presidential and National Assembly elections, a former House of Representatives member, Hon. Tony Nwulu has called on Nigerians to be weary of fake notes of the newly redesigned N500 and N1,000, saying a large quantum of it will flood the polling units on Saturday as inducement for voters.

The former lawmaker who spoke on a viral voice note said reliable information available to him indicates that a lot of politicians have printed fake Naira notes as the scarcity of the N500 and N1,000 notes lingers in the country.

Speaking in pidgin English, he urged Nigerians to exercise caution before accepting any inducement for votes especially in form of the newly redesigned Naira notes.

"I'm appealing to you in the name of God, if you are offered N500 or N1,000 notes, even dollar bills, in fact any money they offer you, don't accept. The market has been saturated with the fake notes.

"Myself addressing you at this moment, I can't recall how many times I have seen the new notes let alone identifying the original and fake.

"On the election day, you will not go to the polls with mercury light to identify which note is fake or real, so to be safe, just don't receive.

"Those giving out such fake notes are worse than arm robbers because they will exchange your votes with it. They want to ensure you go to jail, please don't fall for their antics.

"You know it is a criminal offence for anyone to be found in the custody of fake currency notes. If you are caught, you will be arrested and tried and sent to prison", he cautioned.

According to the former Reps member, it takes extra vigilance to differentiate between the fake and original notes, appealing to Nigerians to avoid receiving inducement in monetary form or any other.

He called on members of the society to educate their loved ones, especially the aged ones in rural communities on the need to be cautious before receiving bribes from politicians, saying the circulation of fake currency notes will come with grave implication for anyone caught.




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