ASP Lamin Njie, Police Spokesman

The Police in Gambia have arrested four Senegalese and a Gambia national for alleged currency counterfeiting.

They were arrested with more than 300,000 Gambian dalasis and one million FCFA in fake banknotes, ready for release and circulation in the local market.

An additional 65, 400 fake dalasi notes were yet to be cut to the size of the real banknotes.

The equipment seized from them included printers, special A4 size papers ordered from Senegal, and multiple colours to print the fake currency.

The arrests were made near Kerr Serign, a posh residential area located around 20 kilometers outside Banjul.

The police are asking the public to be attentive to all monies in circulation.

“People should be vigilant when they receive monies, and to do their quick checks to see if they are authentic or not.

“If you look at some of these fake currencies, the paper that they used to produce it are usually very smooth, unlike the authentic money that we have.

“That might be one thing that you can do to be able to raise the alarm”, Police PRO Lamin Njie said.

PRO Njie further called on landlords to be wary of activities taking place within their compounds.

“We want to send an message to the general public, especially landlords. When they have strangers, they need to be also monitoring what activities those strangers are doing in their compounds or rented properties”.

The police say their investigations continue, and that they intend to arraign the accused persons in their custody before the courts.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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