Actress Omoseyin Oluwadarasimi Esther, also known as Simisola Gold and using the Twitter handle @SimisolaofLala, was detained by agents of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for selling fresh naira notes online.
Simisola Gold was apprehended as a result of an intelligence report, according to a statement issued by the ICPC’s spokeswoman, Azuka Ogugua, in Abuja on Wednesday night. This tip helped the anti-corruption organization locate and quickly apprehend Simisola Gold.
The suspect is currently being held by the ICPC and is assisting the body’s investigation into the illegal trading of the naira, which has led to scarcity and unfavorable economic effects.
The statement reads:
“Oluwadarasimi Emma, a social media ‘serial entrepreneur’ 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.’
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.”